CBI sets up special team to probe cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur
The CBI has taken this step on the orders of the Supreme Court which had on July 14 directed that it scan through the records of the fake encounters and start fresh probe by filing new FIRs.india Updated: Aug 02, 2017 00:27 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has set up a five-member special investigation team to look into 97 cases of alleged extra-judicial killings by security forces in Manipur between 2000 and 2011.
Agency officials said the five member team will be headed by a superintendent of police level officer who will be visiting the state to seek documents related to the 97 cases.
The team was constituted two weeks after the Supreme Court ordered the probe agency to file FIR’s and probe the alleged extra-judicial killings. The army — which is accused in at least 30 cases — wanted an internal probe.
The apex court had directed the CBI director Alok Verma to nominate a team of five officers for the SIT within two weeks. CBI is expected to lodge the necessary FIRs and complete the investigation into the fake encounters by December 31 this year.
The Supreme Court had further said that the petitions filed relating to the 97 killings should be listed positively in the second week of January, 2018, to ensure compliance with the court’s directions for investigation by the CBI.
“The five-member team will first examine all documents related to the case and further action will be taken based on the preliminary findings of the team, said CBI spokesperson RK Gaur.
In July last year, the top court had ruled that all incidents involving suspected use of excessive and retaliatory force by the army in Manipur must be investigated. The decision had come on a petition that alleged 1,528 staged shootings by the army and other security forces during 2010-12 in Manipur.
“The army and paramilitary personnel ‘cannot use excessive or retaliatory force’ even in areas where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) had been notified,” the order had said.