Bhatta-Parsaul: Deadline over, NHRC yet to get UP reply

The Uttar Pradesh government has failed to respond within the deadline set by the National Human Rights Commission on the Bhatta-Parsaul violence, thus delaying finalisation of the rights body's report on the issue.

According to NHRC officials, the deadline ended over a month ago and the Commission will finalise the report on the police firing and allegations of rape in two villages of Greater Noida during the farmers' agitation in May after receiving the state government's reply.

After a visit to the villages, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had claimed that women had been raped, people thrashed and houses destroyed.

Though NHRC has not taken a final view on the incident, National Commission for Women is understood have submitted a report to the government confirming rape of women during police action on the basis of statements of seven victims.

A "pained" NHRC sent its investigative team to probe allegations of violence over land acquisition and complaints of police atrocities in Greater Noida. Four persons, including two policemen, were killed in the clashes and firing between farmers and police in Bhatta-Parsaul villages on May 7.

The team submitted its findings to NHRC Chairman K G Balakrishnan in early July. The NHRC then forwarded the findings to the Uttar Pradesh government seeking its reply on the matter within four weeks.

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