The activists of North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) held a protest demonstration in Delhi's Assam Bhawan on Monday to protest against the killing of innocent people in Chirang district in alleged fake encounter. A delegation of activists also submitted a memorandum addressed to the Assam Chief Minister through the Resident Commissioner.
Army, Assam Police, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel brutally killed tw persons- Lucas Narzary and David Islary in Simlaguri village of Chirang district on March 30 on the pretext of identifying them as NDFB (Songbijit) militants. This issue is raised in a recent report of CRPF Inspector-General, Rajnish Rai.
According to the report, the encounters were staged; the two men were picked up from a house in D-Kalling village and killed in cold blood in Simlaguri. The IG has also stated that the weapons were planted on the bodies of the deceased later. The deceased could have been easily brought before law even if there was a strong suspicion against them, thereby ensuring the democratic rights which accrued to him. This case once again highlights the way in which rule of law is superseded by fake encounters in the states where AFSPA is implemented.
Following demands have been made in the memorandum:
- An immediate and independent inquiry of the case should be demanded from the central government.
- All the security personnel responsible for the killing of Lucas Narzary and David Islary should be suspended with immediate effect and a judicial commission to inquire about all such incidents should be instituted.
- Appropriate and immediate compensation should be provided to the victims’ family.
NEFIS has also pledged to build a huge movement against the Assam Government whose inaction would strongly imply that it protects even those security personnel who are implicated in heinous crimes and thereby curbs democratic rights of common people.