Manipur ‘encounter killings’: Overruling Centre and Army, Supreme Court orders CBI probe in multiple cases

Overruling objections by the government and the Army, the Supreme Court sought the CBI's response within two weeks. The Army, Assam Rifles and the Manipur Police are accused of fake encounter killings in 1,528 cases from 2000 to 2012 in the insurgency-hit state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2017 3:12 pm
Manipur fake encounter killings, Manipur extra-judicial killings, AFSPA, Supreme Court The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a CBI investigation into the alleged extra-judicial killings by security forces in Manipur. (File Photo)

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a CBI investigation into the alleged extra-judicial killings by security forces in Manipur, reported news agency PTI. Overruling objections by the government and the Army, the apex court sought the central agency’s response within two weeks. The Army, Assam Rifles and the Manipur Police are accused of fake encounter killings in 1,528 cases from 2000 to 2012 in the insurgency-hit state.

A bench, comprising Justices M B Lokur and U U Lalit, directed the CBI director to form a team of officers to conduct the probe. In April, 282 cases were referred to the SC for verification, prompting the bench to direct the Centre to distinguish those related to the armed forces, including the Army and Assam Rifles. Similarly, it had asked the Manipur government to examine and segregate the related to the local police.

“The state of Manipur will examine these 265 cases and segregate the cases of Manipur Police. Similarly, the Union of India will examine and segregate the cases related to the armed forces including Army and Assam Rifles,” the bench had said. Read: Govt to SC: Recall verdict on probe into Manipur encounters. Click here.

Based on a PIL, the SC in 2016 had directed a thorough probe into the alleged killings, observing that the use of “excessive or retaliatory force” by the armed forces or police was not permissible in “disturbed areas” under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA). It also noted that “democracy would be in grave danger” if citizens were killed merely on suspicions that they were enemies of the state.

In contention, the Centre said an internal enquiry conducted through the Human Rights Division of the Army and the Defence Ministry was already conducted. To this, the SC had said that it did not possess accurate and complete information on each of the 1,528 cases in the last 20 years.

The Army too had contended the SC’s decision saying it cannot be subjected to FIRs for carrying out anti-militancy operations in insurgency-prone areas like Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Tax
    Jul 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm
    SHALL WE ALL(CITIZENS) TAKE FOR GRANTED THST THE INDIAN COWARD ARMY, A SAM RIFLES AND ALL FKKURITY AGENCIES WILL NOW ELIMINATE ALL WITNESSES AND ALSO ALL THOSE WHO ACTUALLY COWARDLY C O C K L E S S L Y MURDERED CITIZENS.
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      Smart
      Jul 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm
      Shut up Paki.
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      Suhas
      Jul 14, 2017 at 7:44 pm
      Oh my god!!! CBI once again. Means 20 years on investigation, 20 years for litigation. 100 accused will die and case will be closed. And our SC believes in CBI. We are aware what CBI had done of several cases including BOFORS case. Whay are we trusting this organisation.
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        sunder
        Jul 14, 2017 at 6:06 pm
        I think the Court should run the nation.There is no need for a government if the Court intervenes in every matter.Where was the Court when the Italian pros ute Sonia was looting the nation.People are afraid of contempt but this is nothing but judicial overactivism.
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          Tax
          Jul 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm
          We should tread this directive by SC cautiously since we all know that SC is nothing but a department of Research Analysis Wing. It may be a very well laid out long term drama to fool people.
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            sunder
            Jul 14, 2017 at 6:16 pm
            But Mr Tax SC has always ruled against the ruling party in such matters be it BJP or Congress.Do you think Punjab insurgency would have stopped if the then DGP Mr KPS Gill had not taken some questionable measures?
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              Karthikeya Pawar
              Jul 14, 2017 at 7:01 pm
              Because that is all a democracy is right? It's all about getting things done? Who cares if rule of law is violated, if people's rights are violated !
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            R K
            Jul 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm
            What army is doing and has done for the past 20 and 70 years is perfectly right....nothing will come out against it.....continue the good job THE GREAT INDIAN ARMY....
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              Samart.babies
              Jul 14, 2017 at 5:41 pm
              As your are a brahmin low life your mother's b r e a s t s that fed you should be cut down and thrown to street dogs. As an immigrant Aryan pig your show of fake patriotism is all well known.
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                Mohan
                Jul 14, 2017 at 7:41 pm
                Don't paint others in what you see when you look in the mirror. The Aryan invasion theory has been debunked by DNA analysis don't you know that dumbo !
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                  Tax
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 7:55 pm
                  No need for DNA analysis. Look at the names of the countries from Central Asia to India. SurdARAY, TajikiSTAN, UzbekiSTAN, KazakhSTAN, AfghaniSTAN, Pa ki STAN, RajaSTAN, hARYANA. hindiSTAN. Look at where you aryan a s s o l es were all kicked out for what you did to them. How did A minuscule of Aryans achieved such a fete? Only way is their world's oldest profession of sending their girls to those rulers. And that is one more reason for them to be whitish. Present day brahmin-aryans are neither of that. They have BRITISH GENE IN THEM, LATEST STUDY BY EMINENT SCIENTIST YAMA DIKSHEEET.
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                R K
                Jul 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm
                to all those spreading canards against hinduism and trying to divide them in the name of castes.... Islam is all about torturing and raping their womenfolk by fathers, brothers, uncles, and so on....50 of their entire population is living a life worse than that of animals....u utter the word TT and they jump in the air....
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                  Jai hind
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm
                  Bacha Ro mat .It's not about Gow zlaughter .. its some thing else .So don't drag religon in everything .jab mouka ayega we will wake u up .now sojao ..tch tch
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                  Devendra Mohanty
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm
                  This is a welcome step to bring transparency to the working of armed forces in trouble torn places. It must be done in a time bound manner for all places having reports of disappearance, killing and custodial death including left wing extremist affected areas.
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                    neel patel
                    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm
                    yes ,,, this is how democracy will be protected in our country ,,, govt would never allow any probe against cases of army excesse ,,,its good that supreme court has allowed that probe ,,,, any wrong action committed by anyone must be punished ,,,, i hope nothing comes out of this probe ,,,,all of us hold army to a high standard and if that's true then nothing will come out of this probe,,, lets hope that is the case ,,, and subsequently faith of the people in the rule of law will be strengthened ,,,,
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