Under these circumstances, CHRI believes that the Uttar Pradesh Government and the Director General of Police has much to answer for the state’s wholly insufficient approach to the violence. The law is clear that no one and certainly not the police is ever called for, to obey illegal orders. The officer who dons the Khaki uniform owes his allegiance only to the law. The first duty is to protect the lives, properties and rights of people.
Police personnel who have hesitated in doing this because they have ‘orders from above’, have no excuse to hide. The police inaction during the tragic events in Muzaffarnagar indicts the UP administration and the police leadership in the highest terms for total failure to respond to a situation, where lives were at stake.
The dangerous relationship between the police and politician cannot be allowed to continue. Six years ago the Supreme Court directed UP amongst other states to put in place systems that would make police operationally responsible, insulated from wrongful interference and orders, well managed, and accountable. UP has chosen to ignore these directions and the result – the deaths of small children, the displacement of women and separation of families making them refugees in their own land – is there for all to see.