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Fine slap for fake killing

The state government has been directed to provide compensation to the next of kin of two persons allegedly killed in a fake encounter in Patna rural on June 3, 2013.

The state human rights commission has directed the government to pay Rs 2.5 lakh each to the relatives of the deceased — Raju Singh and Amar Kumar Raja — within six weeks of receipt of this order.

Both the victims belonged to Sheikhpura district.

The commission has also recommended speedy trial of the case lodged against the police officers, including the then station house officer of Mokama police station Ashok Kumar Singh. Singh was leading the police team, which fired upon the two victims, leading to their instant death.

Chairperson of the commission Neel Mani said: “This is a case for speedy trial by the special court set up by the Bihar government under section 30 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. The commission would request the high court to issue necessary directions for hearing the trial of the case on a priority basis.” Under the provisions of the act, additional district and sessions judge-I (Patna) has been designated as the special court to conduct trial of the cases related to violations of the human rights.

Neel Mani said: “The commission has also directed to conclude the investigation of the case by February 28. At present, the case is being handled by the CID.”

The case was handed over to the CID on June 13, 2013 on the recommendation of the Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj. He prima facie found the allegations against the police officers true.

While Ashok Kumar Singh was taken into custody, four other police personnel were still at large. Additional director-general (CID) A.K. Upadhyay told the commission that proclamation notices had been served on a havildar and three constables, who were evading arrest.

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