NHRC initiates probe into `fake` encounter in Chhattisgarh

The NHRC has initiated a probe into the alleged killing of an "innocent" tribal by security forces in a fake encounter in a Naxal-hit district of Chhattisgarh.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 21:24 PM IST

New Delhi: The NHRC has initiated a probe
into the alleged killing of an "innocent" tribal by security
forces in a fake encounter in a Naxal-hit district of
Chhattisgarh.

Taking cognisance of a complaint on the issue, the
Commission has asked its investigation division to collect
"requisite reports" from the authorities concerned, NHRC
officials said.
The Commission also directed the Director General of its
investigation division to get "explanation" from the state
authorities concerned on why the alleged encounter has not yet
been reported to it.

As per the latest NHRC guidelines, states are required to
report encounter cases to it within 48 hours of the incident.

According to the complaint filed by human rights activist
and lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy, 18-year-old Kunjami Joga was
allegedly killed by security forces on August 4.

Seeking intervention of the Commission, Tripathy alleged
that Koya Commandos, raised by the Chhattisgarh government
from among the state`s Adivasi population, gunned down
"innocent" Joga near Kutrem village in Dandewada district.
"They found him on the way and shot him dead. Two days
later, the commandos came to the village and gave Rs 2,000 to
the family of the deceased," he alleged, pleading NHRC to
recommend adequate monetary relief to dependents of the
victim.

"Like Joga, several other innocent villagers have been
killed in the area by security forces and Koya commandos in
the name of eliminating Maoists," Tripathy said.

PTI