Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SC lays down directives for police encounters

The Supreme Court  laid down stringent guidelines for police encounters to prevent fake encounter killings by police.

The top court said every intelligence input about armed terrorist movement must be recorded in writing, without disclosing vital information, by the police party before proceeding to nab them.

If the encounter results in death of any one, the police must immediately register an FIR and furnish a copy to the court having jurisdiction over the area.
The apex court said investigation into encounter deaths would be carried out by a SP rank officer from a different police district and not the same police which conducted the raid resulting in encounter death.
The court ruled that no policeman involved in encounter death should be given out of turn promotion or gallantry awards by the government till the investigations establish that it was a genuine encounter.

The Supreme Court also ordered that police probing encounter killing should submit status of probe every six months to the state human rights body and NHRC.

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