Miffed SC raps Ibobi govt on fake killings

Imphal, Nov. 6: Widows of alleged fake encounter killings were disappointed by the delay on the part of the Okram Ibobi Singh government to submit its report to the Supreme Court as sought by the apex court.

The families urged the state government to co-operate with the court and punish those found guilty in the alleged fake encounter killings.

The Supreme Court on October 1 admitted a petition filed by the Extra-judicial Execution Victim Families' Association, Manipur, and Human Rights Alert, Imphal, seeking the institution of a special investigation team to probe cases of alleged fake encounter killings in the state.

The same day, the Supreme Court asked the government to submit a reply by October 5. The court yesterday rapped the government for not filing its report on alleged fake encounter killings, saying "people are dying out there".

"Do it quickly. People are dying out there. File your report by November 19," the court said.

Justice Aftab Alam directed the state government to file the report by November 19. The state government had sought six weeks' time to submit the report.

The petition listed 63 cases of alleged fake encounter killings pending either in the high court or with the National Human Rights Commission, to argue that they approached the apex court after they failed to get justice in earlier efforts.

The petition also submitted a list of 1,528 cases of alleged fake encounter killings since 1978.

Members of the association staged a daylong hunger strike at the office of Save Sharmila Campaign here to show solidarity with Irom Sharmila on her entering the 13th year of hunger strike today against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

"The state government's failure to submit the report is disappointing. If the government is for the welfare of the people it should co-operate with the court and punish the guilty to deter further extra-judicial killings," said Renu Hanzo, widow of a victim.

Her husband, Muang Hanzo, was allegedly shot dead by a police frisking team in Kwakeithel of Imphal West, along with two of his friends, in 2007. The three were coming on a scooter and the police team fired at them when they did not stop when asked.

Renu said innocent people were being killed and branded militants as in the case of her husband.

The victim's families hoped that the Supreme Court would deliver justice.

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