As peaceful protests were organized around the country against CAA, NRIC and the NPR, the state of Uttar Pradesh stands out for the intense harshness of the state action to crush the voices of dissent. Across Uttar Pradesh, 24 deaths by police firing have been reported since the CAA came into effect.
Pattern of states response in almost all cases of gun shot deaths is the same:
Victims did not receive any medical attention in hospitals. No post-mortem reports have been given to the family. FIRs don;’t mention gunshot wounds. Families have been forced to perform hasty burials. Criminals cases have been filed against the victims.
A fact-finding team visited homes in Muzaffarnagar which were ransacked and destroyed beyond repairs. In house after house we visited in the two Muslim localities which were attacked by police on the night of December 20, – there was a pattern in destruction – the police had attacked only the most affluent houses, in each of the 4 houses we visited, everything that could be broken was thoroughly destroyed, systematically – the police pulled down kitchen cabinets breaking every piece of china, overturned groceries, smashed sinks and pulled open taps leading to flooding of the kitchens; broken bathroom fittings, wash basins, they smashed television sets, fridges, coolers, washing machines, furniture, switch boards; they upturned cupboards, and cars in all houses were vandalised and in one place upturned while police chanted Jai Shri Ram.