27 out of 1,846 police encounters were fake: NHRC

Panel finds 1,819 cases of "genuine" police encounter too

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Jasleen Kaur | May 21, 2010



The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has given credence to the feeling that at least some of the "police encounters" are fake. As many as 27 encounters out of 1,846 cases the panel investigated turned out to be stage-managed.

The NHRC has registered 2,956 cases in connection with police encounters in different parts of the country, since its inception in October 1993, the panel said in a release on Friday. These cases include 1,590 cases registered on the basis of information received from the public authorities about encounters by police and 1,366 cases registered on complaints received from public alleging fake encounters by police.

As many as 1,819 cases were found to be "genuine" police encounter and the remaining 1,110 cases are at different stages of consideration in the Commission, it said.

In all the cases, the Commission has recommended that the state authorities take punitive action against the guilty officials and pay monetary relief to the next of the kin of the deceased.
 

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