‘Fake’ encounter: Assam govt. seeks more time to reply before Gauhati HC
Guwahati: Assam government on Tuesday sought more time to reply to submit affidavit to Gauhati High Court on the alleged fake encounters by Assam Police since May last year.
The high court on January 11 had directed the Assam government to file a detailed within two weeks and the detailed counter affidavit to be filed by Secretary (Home) or Additional Secretary (Home).
Advocate General, Devajit Lon Saikia appearing for the state sought 10 more days to file the affidavit and the court has fixed the matter on February 8.
Lawyer and activist, Arif Jwadder, who had filed the PIL No. 86/2021, mentioned that 80 such incidents had happened in the state since May 2021 and resulted in 28 deaths and left 48 injured.
Jwadder has sought an order from the high court for the registration of an FIR in the alleged fake encounter cases and an independent investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or a police team from another state, under the supervision of the Court.
He also sought a judicial inquiry by a sitting Judge of the Gauhati high court into the alleged encounters and monetary compensation to the families of the victims after due verification.
Besides the state government, Assam Police, the department of Law and Justice, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) had been named as respondents in the petition.
In July last year, Jwadder had filed a complaint against such incidents with the NHRC. The commission had sought a report from the Assam Police in September. In November, NHRC transferred the case to the AHRC.