The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the UP government to pay Rs three lakh to the next of the kin of a woman who was killed by two police constables in a fake encounter in Agra in 2000.
The Commission also directed the UP Chief Secretary to submit the compliance report,along with proof of the payment of the monetary relief,within eight weeks from the receipt of its recommendation in the case.
Two constables of UP police — Netrapal and Vijendra — gunned down Manisha,40,under Tajgang Police station area of Agra district in Uttar Pradesh on September 8,2000 and cooked up a false story of encounter,the rights body said.
According to police,the NHRC noted,Manisha had an “illicit” relationship with one Shiv Narayan and on the night of occurrence she had gone with him inside a shed near a tubewell when the owner of the well Champa Ram,felt that some criminals were hiding inside and raised an alarm.
Police claimed that constables Netrapal and Vijendra who were passing by asked Narayan and Manisha to surrender but Narayan fired at them. The two constables retaliated and Manisha was killed,they claimed.
Dissatisfied with the police version,the rights panel directed the state government to order a CB-CID inquiry into the incident on July 18,2001. NHRC 2 LAST
“CB-CID found that Manisha and Shiv Narayan had no arms with them and the police had made a false story of an encounter,” the Commission noted.
The investigation by CB-CID also revealed that the seizure memos and other police records had been “fabricated”,the Commission said.
CB-CID recommended prosecution of the two constables under Section 304 (culpable homicide) Indian Penal Code (IPC),it added.
The Commission took cognizance of the case on the basis of a complaint filed by Shir Gafoor,son of Manisha,in connection with the incident.