SC pulls up Manipur govt on extra judicial killings

The Manipur government was today pulled up by the Supreme Court for asking it not to take up a plea related to the alleged extra-judicial killings in the state as the National Human Rights Commission is examining those cases.

“You are trying to use NHRC as alibi,” said a bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai. It expressed displeasure over the contentions of state which virtually tried to justify harsh measures taken by it in view of militancy in the state. “Is it a war going on?
Are they engaged in war? Your men killing theirs and their men killing yours? Is this the orientation of the state?,” the bench asked. The state government in its affidavit had said that thirty extremist organisations are operating in the state and are indulging in violent activities including the killings of civilians and security personnel.

“There are 30 extremist organisations in the state out of which six are very powerful and they are heavily armed with sophisticated weapons like AK-47, AK-56, rocket launchers etc.
Their aim and object is to form an independent Manipur by secession from India. They have been indulging in violent activities including killing of civilians and security force personnel and law abiding citizens of Manipur to achieve their objective,” the affidavit said. “That the unlawful activities of these organisation include involvement in killings of 1579 persons, including those from security forces in last ten years,” the affidavit said.

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