Assam: 51 killed in police action since May 2021; Govt says no extra-judicial killing

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The petitioner also demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the high court into the alleged encounters besides monetary compensation
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Guwahati: In an affidavit submitted before the Gauhati high court, state government informed that Assam police have killed some 51 people and injured 139 others since May 2021.

However, the state police have denied that there was no extrajudicial killing in the state as the accused were trying to attack policemen on duty and flee police custody.

The state government filed the affidavit in response to a PIL (public interest litigation) petition filed by advocate Arif Jwadder over alleged ‘fake encounters’ in the state.

Earlier, the high court asked the department to file the affidavit on June 10 and was granted 10 days to file it after the state side sought more time.

In the PIL, Jwadder had sought an order from the high court for the registration of a first information report in the cases of alleged fake encounters and an independent probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation, a Special Investigation Team or a police team from another state under the supervision of the high court.

The petitioner also demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the high court into the alleged encounters besides monetary compensation to the families of the victims after due verification.

The case was listed for another hearing on July 29 next.

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