New Delhi, November 20: The Human Rights Commission (HRC) of India has said that most of encounters staged by police in many Indian states were proven fake, and recommended stern punishment to the police officers responsible to check the menace.
The HRC member, Satyabrata Pal in a media interview said: “AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) draws a lot of ire and there is a notion that repealing it will curb fake encounter cases, but our findings show that the majority of such killings are carried out by the police who enjoy protection of their government.”
“Police forces have to be disciplined, and the only way that is possible is by giving out exemplary punishments to the guilty police officers and only then will such cases reduce,” he added.
The HRC, as part of its series of visits to many states to monitor the socio-economic conditions and complaints of fake encounters, recently visited Manipur and found gross violations of human rights.
The commission said it investigated 44 cases of fake encounters that took place in Manipur between 2005 and 2010 and found the state government provided compensation in the form of monetary relief only in three cases.
“The state government is just not serious about punishing the guilty. In fact, there was a lack of cooperation with our officials too,” said Pal.
Explaining the commission’s limitations to take action against the guilty, Pal said the panel can’t take any action against the armed forces due to the AFSPA, and the police are being protected by the state governments.