555 alleged fake encounters reported in 4 yrs: Govt
Even as CBI probes the Ishrat Jahan and Sadiq Jamal alleged fake encounter cases, at least 555 such alleged extra judicial killings have been reported in the country in last four years.
According to a home ministry statistics, a total of 555 cases of alleged fake encounters by police, defence and paramilitary forces were registered by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) from April 1, 2009 till February 15, 2013.
Out of the 555 alleged fake encounter cases, 144 cases have been solved and the remaining 411 are either being probed by the police or are before courts for trial or have been termed as unresolved.
The 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case in Gujarat continues to dominate public discourse as the CBI filed its charge sheet on July 3.
The investigating agency is expected to file a supplementary charge sheet next month where it may name special director, Intelligence Bureau, Rajinder Kumar as one of the accused.
The CBI is also probing the 2003 Sadiq Jamal fake encounter case in Gujarat in which several officials of the Gujarat police were allegedly involved.
However, a court in Delhi on Thursday ruled that the 2008 encounter in Delhi's Batla House was genuine. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had courted controversy by demanding a judicial probe into the encounter while calling it fake in 2008.
Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of alleged fake encounters in last four years -- 138, of which 30 have been taken place in 2009-10, 40 in 2010-11, 42 in 2011-12 and 26 in 2013 (till February).
Manipur recorded 62 alleged fake encounters, Assam 52, West Bengal 35, Jharkhand 30 and Chhattisgarh 29 during the last four years.
For expediting the unresolved cases, concerted efforts are being made by NHRC for obtaining the inquest reports, post-mortem reports and magisterial inquiry reports from concerned state governments.
While in none of the cases, any recommendation for disciplinary action of the public servants was made by NHRC, they did recommend CBI-CID investigations in some cases.
A total of Rs 11.43 crore financial aid has also been recommended by the NHRC in 201 cases of doubtful encounters to the next of kin of the victims.