Published by: Youth for Human Rights Documentation
Extinguishing Law and Life is an important report published by Youth for Human Rights Documentation, Citizens Against Hate and Peoples Watch that explores the police killings and cover up in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The state is ruled by a Hindu militant monk, Yogi Adityanath, a senior leader in Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), the party of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This Report examines the death of 18 young men in 17 instances of alleged extrajudicial killings by UP police, which were investigated by the NHRC. Spread across six districts in western UP, these killings took place between March 2017 and March 2018. The report evaluates the investigations and inquiries conducted in these 17 cases and examines the role of the investigating agency, Executive Magistrates, Judicial Magistrates and the NHRC, to assess whether they complied with the existing legal framework.