Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Friday, Mar 04, 2011
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



Other States

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |

Other States - Orissa Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Compensation for victims of ‘fake encounter'

Satyasundar Barik

A tribal youth was killed and another injured in the incident in Gajapati district in 2008


State police and CRPF fired without justification, says SHRC

The injured awarded Rs 75,000


BHUBANESWAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has found personnel of the State police and Central Reserved Police Force guilty in the ‘fake encounter incident' that led to death of an innocent tribal youth in Kutuniganda village under Gajapati district in 2008.

In the incident, Junesh Badaraita, the tribal youth, was killed and another person, Karnel Badaraita, sustained critical bullet injuries in Kutuniganda village under Adaba police station. The two were herding bullocks on November 22, 2008 when police force opened fire indiscriminately.

Following the incident, villagers led by Ishak Badaraita approached the SHRC seeking compensation for family members of the deceased.

After going through enquiry report submitted by its investigation wing and examination of witnesses and hearing of accused police persons, the Commission gave a verdict that “Junesh had homicidal death. It reveals a case of commission of cognizable offence as per the procedure outlined by National Human Rights Commission.”

The SHRC said, “on careful assessment of the evidence, the commission unhesitatingly holds that the deceased Junesh and injured Karnel are no way connected with naxal or Maoist activities.”

“The State police and CRPF fired at them without any justification which resulted in death of Junesh and injuring of Karnel. The fact that four bullocks were also killed corroborates the fact that they brought the four missing bullocks from the forest and were about to keep them in cow-shed,” the commission observed.

The plea taken by N. Kiro, then IIC of Adaba police station, and M. A. Khan, inspector of CRPF, that the death of Junesh and injury of Karnel was due to encounter was nothing but a false story to cover up their misdeeds, it said.

The SHRC awarded Rs. 3 lakh by way of compensation to father of Junesh. “Out of this amount, Rs. 2.50 lakh shall be kept in fixed deposit in the name of the minor girl for a minimum period of 10 years. Interest accruing therefrom, however, can be withdrawn by Ishak Badaraita to meet the day-to-day expenses,” the commission said. The injured Karnel Badaraita was awarded a Rs. 75000 as compensation.

‘No punitive action'

Reacting to the verdict, Biswapriya Kanungo, who fought the case for the victim, said, “no punitive action was taken against accused police officials since the firing incident had taken place. The victim's family would get justice only when culprit police personnel would be brought to the book. It would prevent such fake counters in future.”

The Commission asked Inspector-General of Police (CID and Crime Branch of Police), Orissa, to take necessary action in case of encounter deaths following guidelines outlined by the NHRC.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Other States

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

Copyright 2011, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu