Army cannot use ‘excessive and retaliatory force’ in Manipur: Supreme Court

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Updated: July 8, 2016 11:49:00 AM

SC on Friday said that the Army and paramilitary personnel cannot use 'excessive and retaliatory force' in Manipur and the alleged 1,528 fake encounters must be investigated.

The court was delivering its verdict on petitions demanding a probe by the CBI or a special investigation team into the alleged 1,500 extra-judicial killings by the army The court was delivering its verdict on petitions demanding a probe by the CBI or a special investigation team into the alleged 1,500 extra-judicial killings by the army

Supreme Court on Friday said that the Army and paramilitary personnel cannot use ‘excessive and retaliatory force’ in Manipur and the alleged 1,528 fake encounters must be investigated.

The court was delivering its verdict on petitions demanding a probe by the CBI or a special investigation team into the alleged 1,500 extra-judicial killings by the army and other security forces in Manipur during 2000-12.

The petitioners allege the security forces escaped action because they operated under the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

The court said that the Army can also conduct its own inquiries into accusations of extra judicial killings in Manipur till the Court examines the PIL seeking SIT/CBI probe into Manipur extra judicial killings.

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