The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Manipur government to furnish dossiers on 111 reported cases of fake encounters in the frontier state.
The apex rights body has also directed the State government to pay Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of RK Sanajaoba, nephew of former Manipur chief minister RK Jaichandra Singh, who was killed in an encounter on October 20 last year.
“Manipur has not been sending any reports about encounter killings,” the NHRC said, acting on a complaint filed by the Asian Centre for Human Rights. It directed the Manipur Chief Secretary to explain why reports were not being forwarded in 111 cases of alleged fake encounters.
In its January 28 order on the case pertaining to Sanajaoba’s killing, the NHRC stated: “The police has put up a theory that it is a case of accidental firing and the person sustained injuries as a consequence of which he died.
The deceased and one other person were returning home on their scooter, which was stopped on the way by some unknown police personnel of Manipur Police which was headed by a lady police officer. In the scuffle which took place one of the policemen took out the weapon and shot him on his chest from point blank range as a result of which he died on the spot.”