The Assam Rifles has been asked to explain the encounter death of three youth 24 hours after they had surrendered in Manipur.
The southern Assam-based Barak Human Rights Protection Committee has in its complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) alleged that Assam Rifles personnel killed Laishram Nobin and two others even after they had surrendered to the paramilitary force.
According to the rights body, one Major Hanuman of 23rd Assam Rifles had approached Nobin's father Shyamkishore, 70, on May 8 requesting him to persuade his son and his friends Irengbam Roshan and Ningthoujam Ingocha to surrender.
The trio laid down their weapons before the paramilitary force the following day near Maphou Dam under Litan police station. The surrender was in the presence of Shyamkishore who returned home a 'relieved man' after leaving the trio in the custody of the force.
But on May 10, Shyamkishore received news about the killing of Nobin and his two friends in an encounter with the very battalion they had surrendered to. The bodies were taken to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Manipur capital Imphal.
Shyamkishore was surprised to see the three 'encounter' victims in battle fatigues although they were in civvies the previous day when they surrendered. Later, examination revealed Roshan’s genitals were removed and Ingocha's eyeballs gouged out.
The Assam Rifles issued a statement after the 'hour-long encounter'. It said the three slain youth had been into extortion besides interfering with the construction of the Maphou Dam. The statement, however, did not clarify if the three were militants or miscreants.
Acting on the complaint, NHRC has issued notices to the secretary of ministry of home affairs and Manipur government seeking a report on the alleged torture and extrajudicial killings.