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NHRC asks Assam Govt to pay Rs 10 lakh to families of victims

PTI | Last Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 15:59

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission today asked the Assam Government to pay Rs 10 lakh to the families of victims of an encounter by the Assam Police and the Army in a joint operation.

The Commission has held that the Government of Assam has no explanation to offer to its various observations raising doubts about the genuineness of the encounter.

The Commission had taken suo motu cognizance of the incident and registered a case on the basis of the information given on the website of Assam Police that two ULFA extremists were killed in an encounter at Na-Satra, under Sarthebari police station in Barpeta district of Assam on July 10 in 2009.

"During the course of enquiry, the Commission did not find the enquiry conducted by the Magistrate helpful and observed that he had not taken the trouble to examine the witness evidence to check the police claim that the entire village was cordoned off before the encounter.

"There was no forensic laboratory test to establish the scientific evidence to sustain that the encounter was genuine and took place, as alleged by the police. The post mortem report conclusively demolished the case made out by the police and contrary to their claims of encounter from a distance, it was found that both the men were shot at contact range," the Commission observed.

The Commission has recommended that the Government pay Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of Munindra Kalita (26) and Pingal Deka (27), who were killed in the encounter, and asked for a proof of payment on or before the April 17.

First Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 15:59

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