SC orders CBI probe into Manipur killings

New Delhi: SC orders CBI probe into 62 encounter killings allegedly by police, army and other agencies in Manipur. SC asks for compliance report of investigation from CBI by January 2018.

It is blow to army, which had told SC it has conducted probe  into nearly 30 of 62 encounter cases and there was no need for further probe.

The court was hearing a PIL seeking probe and compensation in alleged 1,528 extra-judicial killings in Manipur from 2000 to 2012 by security forces and police.

A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit has passed the order.

There are 35 matters related to commission of inquiry and 37 cases of judicial inquiry or high court matters.

In October 2012, a petition was filed by Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association Manipur (EEVFAM), seeking a probe into cases of extra-judicial killings in the State. Subsequenlty, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Union and Manipur governments on the issue.

The petitioner placed before the Court details of 62 cases from 2007 to 2012 and also a list of 1,528 cases of extra-judicial executions, compiled by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the United Nations.

The petitioner also documented 1,528 extra-judicial executions carried out by the police and security forces. It said the large majority of these were killings in custody and in cold blood, after torturing people in custody.

Prabhakar Mishra