Gujarat forms STF to probe police encounter deaths
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Last Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010, 23:26
Ahmedabad: In an effort to prevent fake encounters and avoid human rights violations, the Gujarat government has formed a Special Task Force (STF) to probe the deaths resulting from police encounters.

The STF will be monitored by a monitoring authority, a government notification said.

According to the notification, which was submitted in the Gujarat High Court today during hearing in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, the STF has been given autonomy to investigate deaths resulting from police encounters.

The government has also formed Monitoring Authority, which will be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or of the Gujarat High Court, to monitor the investigation by the STF.

The STF and Monitoring Authority were formed vide government notification dated September 16.

"It is desirable in the larger public interest and with a view to ensure that while on one hand there is an absolute need to prevent fake encounters, it is equally necessary and in public interest to ensure that police force in the state is not demoralised," it stated.

The rationale behind having a monitoring authority is to ensure that investigation by the STF is independent and in right direction, it said.

"The incidence of death due to police encounters, through rare in Gujarat, occur sometimes, affecting human rights and causing public concern," the notification issued by the State Home Department said.

The National Human Rights Commission has also laid down guidelines to be followed in police encounter cases, it further said.

The STF which will function directly under the state Director General of Police (DGP), will be headed by officer of the rank of IG and will constitute one DIG, three SP rank officers, four Deputy SPs and five Police Inspectors.

The Inspector General of the range where the encounter takes place would also be made member of the STF.

The procedure to be followed by the STF would be devised by the Monitoring Authority which could be on the lines of manual of the CBI and the state CID.

The Monitoring Authority that will monitor investigation of STF will have state IG (Law and Order) as its member secretary.

It would also include one member from the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission, district judge from the district where the encounter takes place, Principal Secretary Home, DGP, an ADGP rank officer from other state and Director of State Forensic Science department.


First Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, 23:26

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