Lucknow : The alacrity with which the state government paid Rs 20 lakh compensation to relatives of each of the two murdered villagers in Kunda recently and Rs 50 lakh to the widow of the slain DSP Zia ul Haq may have doused the immediate fall-out of the incident, but the High Court has asked the state government to present its policy on murder compensation, if any.
In a public interest litigation filed by Nutan Thakur, a social activist and wife of a police officer, she submitted that while Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had paid a compensation of Rs 50 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh each in Pratapgarh triple murders, it had not given given any compensation in other murder cases, including that in a recent political murder of Ram Babu Gupta in Tanda, near Faizabad.
The petition said this was “against the right to equality enshrined in Indian Constitution and the UP Government does not have a right to differentiate cases of murder without sufficient reasons.”The High Court Bench comprising Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice Dr Satish Chandra, after hearing the arguments of petitioner’s counsel Ashok Pande and Additional Advocate General Bulbul Godiyal, ordered the state government to present its policy as regards murder compensation within two weeks.
The petitioner had prayed the court to direct the UP Government to frame a definite policy for compensation in murder cases.
While Akhilesh Yadav had visited Deoria and paid Rs 50 lakh to the widow of the DSP, he visited the village in Kunda and paid Rs 20 lakh each to the kin of village pradhan Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh Yadav. Both had been allegedly killed in a long-standing rivalry on March 2 and the DSP was killed when he reached there shortly afterwards to look into the incident. On March 3, a Hindu Yuva Vahini leader Ram Babu Gupta was shot dead in Tanda in Ambedkarnagar district, and his family members had accused a local SP MLA Azimul Haq of conspiring in the murder. The widow of the deceased Sanju Devi had also levelled similar allegations against the MLA and threatened to commit self-immolation with children if justice was not done in the case. Gupta”s family also demanded compensation from the state government, besides a visit by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. However, neither did the Chief Minister visit the deceased nor any compensation was announced.
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