- A division bench of Justice Ajit Borthakur and Justice Ujjal Bhuyan expressed their dissatisfaction
- The high court passed the order with regard to writ petition (civil) number 2481/2014 filed by Phijam Manikumar
Guwahati: Gauhati High Court asked the Nagaland government to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the killing of three suspected militants from Manipur by the army in an alleged fake encounter in 2010, the reports said.
According to sources, in the recent order, a division bench of Justice Ajit Borthakur and Justice Ujjal Bhuyan expressed their dissatisfaction at the way the case was probed by Nagaland police and directed the commissioner/secretary of Nagaland home department to constitute a SIT headed by an officer above the rank of superintendent of police to investigate the case and take it to its logical conclusion.
Considering the unsatisfactory manner of the investigation carried out by the investigating officer, we feel that the case number 40/2010 registered at Diphupar police station needs to be further investigated and for this purpose investigation should be conducted or handled by higher functionaries of the state, the order said.
In the event of witness(s) to be summoned from Manipur and other places, adequate security should be provided to such witness(s). If the SIT seeks cooperation and assistance of the army authorities, the same shall be extended by the army authorities, it added.
The high court passed the order with regard to writ petition (civil) number 2481/2014 filed by Phijam Manikumar, a resident of Manipur’s Imphal West district whose brother Phijam Naobi was one among those killed. The other two who died in the alleged fake encounter were R.K. Ronel and Th. Prem, an official said.