The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has pulled up the Uttar Pradesh Police once again, this time for beating up a Vietnamese national and his Delhi friend, and forcibly taking a letter of apology from them despite the fact that they committed no mistake.
The Commission, which took up the case based on a media report, issued a notice to Meerut Police DIG seeking a reply within four weeks on the incident involving the cops of Daurala police station.
The Vietnamese and his friend reportedly gave a lift on December 12 last year to three locals who requested them to help chase an Indigo car, which after hitting a woman near Kankarkheda by-pass had sped away towards Modipuram in western U.P.
The locals found the car parked at the Modipuram police post.
The occupants of the car turned out to be the officer in-charge and other policemen of Pallavpuram police post in civil clothes.
Knowing this, the locals withdrew from the scene.
The foreigner and his friend, also followed suit, but they were intercepted at the Dadri police post on instructions from the Pallavpuram police post.
They were beaten up and taken to Daurala Police Station.
There also they got a thrashing again.
The police extracted a written apology from them that they were on the wrong side of the law.
The Commission in its notice to the DIG has observed that Article 14 of the Constitution guarantees equality before law and equal protection to any person (whether an Indian or a foreigner).
The contents of the Press report, if true, amount to abuse of power by the police and grave violation of human rights of the victims, the Commission said.