Fake encounters in Manipur : NHRC orders compensation for kins
Source: The Sangai Express / Courtesy : TNN
New Delhi, September 04 2014:
The Asian Centre for Human Rights welcomed the decision of the National Human Rights Commission to pay monetary relief of Rs five lakhs each to the relatives of two victims of fake encounter killings by the 20th Assam Rifles in Chandel district of Manipur on June 1, 2009 .
Justifying its order for compensation received by ACHR on September 3, 2014, the NHRC in its latest proceedings stated, "According to it, the troops of 20th Assam Rifles led by Major Abishek Bharti laid an ambush at Maipi-Angbrashu track on June 1, 2009 at night after receiving information about the movement of some armed valley based UG cadres in that area.
The troops saw two persons moving in a suspicious manner on the said track which leads from Maipi and Angbrashu.
On being challenged by the troops to stop, the two unidentified suspects brought out heavy volumes of automatic weapons and fired upon the troops.
The troops also retaliated in self defense.
The encounter lasted for about 35 minutes and both the suspects were eliminated" .
After search of the encounter site and the adjoining area, one assault rifle, two magazines of G-3 assault rifle, 19 rounds of G-3 assault rifle, and one live bomb of lathode were recovered near the slain bodies, stated NHRC.
"It is further mentioned in the report that frantic efforts were made to establish involvement of the two deceased in UG activities but no specific information could be gathered in that regard.
The report forwarded by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt.
of India completely negates the possibility of an encounter.
It is not the case of anyone that the lathode i.e.grenade launcher was used by any of the two deceased persons.
"This is a step in the right direction and prosecution of the culprits must start now," said Suhas Chakma, director, ACHR.
On June 19, 2009, ACHR had filed a complaint with the NHRC against extra-judicial executions of Laishram Kishorjit and Soram Priyokumar by the 20th Assam Rifles led by Major Abishek Bharti at Maipi Angbrasu track in Chandel district of Manipur on the night of June 1, 2009 .