Gauhati High Court.

A lawyer from Delhi has filed a PIL at the Gauhati High Court seeking an independent probe into the alleged fake encounters by the Assam Police.

Reports said as many as 80 incidents of fake encounters have taken place in Assam this year in which 28 people were killed and 48 injured.

In his PIL, advocate Arif Jwadder has made a plea before the High Court to direct the Assam Police to submit records of all the alleged encounters and register FIRs in the cases, ND TV reported.

He also sought an “independent investigation” into the “encounters” by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), or a Special Investigation Team (SIT), or the police of another state under the supervision of the Gauhati High Court.

“The police officials involved in the fake encounters must be brought before the law,” the PIL said.

The lawyer also sought a judicial inquiry by a sitting Judge of the High Court into the alleged encounters.

The PIL further pleaded with the court to direct the state government to give monetary compensation to the victims’ families after due verification.

Assam doesn’t have designated human rights courts in each district, as mandated by Section 30 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, Jwadder claimed.

The lawyer had earlier moved the National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) against Assam police over the ‘fake encounter’ that began after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s government took charge in May.

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