Assam: PIL moved against police ‘fake’ encounter

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National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had asked for an action taken report from the state police in September
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Assam: PIL moved against police ‘fake’ encounter

Guwahati: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been moved before the Gauhati high court seeking an independent probe into the alleged encounters by state police in recent times. Several accused had been killed and many suffered bullet injuries in recent times during a series of encounters by Assam police in which the security forces blamed the accused of fleeing police custody.

Delhi based lawyer Arif Jwadder, citing media reports informed the court that over 80 such encounters have taken place since the new government took charge in May. He added that 28 people were killed and 48 were injured in “fake encounters” during the timeframe.

In his prayer, the petitioner not only sought for an independent enquiry but also asked the probe to be complying with Supreme Court guidelines. The petitioner also prayed for a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the high court.

He also demanded monetary compensation to the families of those who died in the alleged encounters.

Earlier, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had asked for an action taken report from the state police in September.

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