IMPHAL, December 20, 2017: A division bench of the High Court of Manipur has awarded INR 7 lakh as compensation to a petitioner in a case of fake encounter that took place five years ago. Acting Chief Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Kh Nobin Singh on Tuesday, Decem,ber 20 has passed an order in this regard.
As peer legal sources, the petitioner was Thangjam Ongbi Apabi Devi whose son Thangjam Thoithoi alias Anilkumar Singh of Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai of Imphal west district in Manipur was killed by a combined team of Manipur Police Commando and the 18th Sikh Regiment on Jan. 14, 2012.
The petitioner filed a writ petition on February 18, 2015 before High Court. Consequently, the high court instituted an enquiry through the District Judge, Imphal West to ascertain the facts and circumstances leading to the death of Thoithoi.
Human Rights Law Network Manipur in a press release on Tuesday that the district judge of Imphal West conducted an extensive enquiry and submitted his report by ascertaining that the petitioner’s son was killed in a cold blooded manner / fake encounter by the personnel of Manipur Police Commando of Imphal west and personnel of the 18th Sikh Regiment on Jan. 14 2012 at around 7.30 -7.45 pm at a road of Chandranadi leading toward Narankonjil.
The matter finally was heard on Tuesday and the high court has directed both the state of Manipur and the Union of India to pay INR seven lakh as compensation to the petitioner within five months in as much as the same is a clear-cut case of violation of the Human Rights guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.
Advocate S Samarjeet, central government’s standing counsel, appeared on behalf of the Union of India; RS Reisang, senior government advocate for the state of Manipur while Advocate Meihoubam Rakesh appeared on behalf of the petitioner.
(TNT with inputs from Eastern Mirror)