The Supreme Court has ordered for a commission to be set up to probe the fake encounter killings in Manipur. The commission will be headed by the former Supreme Court Judge Santosh Hegde, former CEC JM Lyngdoh and former Karnataka police chief Ajay Kumar Singh.
The apex court’s order came in after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families, Manipur (EEVFAM), an association of the families of victims that pleaded for an independent probe into all such cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur.
The petition filed by EEVFAM has cited that over 2,000 extra-judicial killings have taken place in the state and said that no one has been held guilty till date. However, taking into consideration the large number of cases, the commission will inquire into six cases to begin with. The rest will be considered later.
The court has also directed the commission to examine the functioning of Manipur police and security forces. If the commission finds that their actions violates legal grounds, the commission will make its recommendations to keep the police and the security forces within the legal bounds, without compromising the fight against insurgency, the court said.
The commission will submit its report to the court within 12 weeks.
Tehelka Assistant Editor Kunal Majumder speaks with activist Babloo Loitongbam about the Supreme Court’s decision