On April 15, alleged mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother, Ashraf were killed while in police custody and in the presence of media persons. The police allege that three assailants shot them at close range. The entire incident took place on live television.
Despite questions being raised on this custodial killing, there also appears to be public approval. Such “encounter” killings of alleged rapists or alleged gangsters are often celebrated by the public. In fact, Ahmed’s son, Asad was killed in a so-called police encounter just a few days before the incident after which Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister praised the police team. But what does this visible public acceptance of encounter killings tell us?
Sneha Richhariya speaks to Prakash Singh, ex-IPS Officer, who has also served as Director general of Police, Uttar Pradesh. He has also served in Assam and Border Security Force. Singh filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court seeking police reforms, in which a landmark verdict was delivered.
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Prakash Singh & Ors vs Union Of India And Ors on 22 September, 2006