Kozhikode, Nov 26, 2016 The National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) today demanded a judicial probe into killings of two Maoists in a stage managed encounter with police in Nilambur forests in Kerala on November 24. Kuppuswamy alias Devaraj and Ajitha alias Kaveri were killed in an encounter with police in Paduka forest range.
NCHRO demanding a judicial inquiry rather than the routine magisterial inquiry by treating it as culpable homicide and issuing an FIR. The country has seen a significant uptick in the number of Fake Encounters. The term “encounter” itself is a widely understood euphemism for extra-judicial killings. Fake encounters introduce terror as a component of governance and erode its very democratic essence.The way the law and order machinery functions or the overall policing climate, all point towards wanton misuse of power and underprivileged are naturally at the receiving end of injustice and many of them pay with their lives.
A faked killing is not an aberration of a few runaway miscreant officers; it is an integral if shadowy element of the system itself, one in which the State eliminates its own people. No one to bypass and sabotage standard operating procedures and regular law-compliant methods, No body can exercise the terrifying power to snuff out human , everybody has to respect the legal foundation on which civilised society is built. Thoughtful leadership and strong civilian oversight would help improve ways to handle use of force in policing.
Unfortunately, the truth behind the encounter killing will probably remain elusive, and justice, if due to the victims’ families, will be long in coming.
Authorities have shown a lack of will in effectively investigating fake encounters and bringing those responsible to justice. The judiciary has been relatively apathetic to the imperative of preventing the flagrant violation of law involved in encounter killings. What we need is urgent judicial intervention on encounters.There should be thorough, prompt and impartial investigation of all suspected cases of extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions,Nothing else perhaps could explain why the police could not have tried to capture the suspects alive.
The Government must ensure an independent thorough criminal investigation into the alleged extrajudicial execution NCHRO team added. The Press Conference was attended by NCHRO chairperson Prof. A Marx, Secratray Reny Ayline, NCHRO Kerala State Office Bearers Vilayodi ShivanKutty, TK Abdussamad and State Council Members A Vasu and MK Sharafudheen.
Also the CPI, the second largest partner of the LDF in Kerala, has voiced its protest against this ‘encounter death’ , Communist Party of India’s Kerala State secretary Kanam Rajendran has said that ‘from the experiences of the past,’ he suspects the ‘encounter’ in the Nilambur jungles was ‘fake.
’“From the numerous encounter killings across the country in the past, including last month’s killing of 40 Maoists in Malkangiri on the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa border, it seems the Nilambur incident too was a case of fake encounter,” Mr. Rajendran, whose party is the second largest in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) coalition in Kerala, told to 'The Hindu' newspaper.
The Centre was pumping in large sums in the name of hunting the Maoists in the so-called Red Corridor. Each State was trying to grab a portion of the money. Kerala should not fall in this trap.In the name of fighting the Maoists, Mr. Rajendran said, several ‘encounter’ massacres had taken place in Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, and Orissa. In Manipur and Kashmir, unarmed people who protested against the draconian Army Forces Special Powers Act were being shot down in so-called encounters. After the new government came to power at the Centre, there had been a sharp rise in the number of such massacres.He said the Maoist issue was not a law-and-order problem, but a socio-political one. “The CPI doesn’t approve of the means they are using, but we cannot ignore the socio-economic and political realities of the downtrodden people such as Adivasis that the Maoists are giving voice to.” It was in the Adivasi regions that the Maoists were most active. “Instead of addressing the Adivasis’ socio-economic conditions, the bourgeois State is trying to eliminate by fake encounters the Maoists who are voicing the Adivasi concerns. Mr.Rajendran added”