Dr. Ramanadham Memorial Meeting 2009:Encounter Killings and Question of Justice

Dr. Ramanadham Memorial Meeting 2009:Encounter Killings and Question of Justice

Dr. Ramanadham Memorial Meeting

Every now and then, someone gets killed in ‘encounter’ with police or armed forces. The latest has been the case of ‘encounter killing’ of Chungkham Sanjit, a 27-year old surrendered militant from Manipur. Encounters have come to be used as a strategy of silencing people whom the law enforcers see with suspicion. They are being used not only in ‘disturbed areas’ but all over India. On 4th July 2009, a 24 year old (MBA) youth Ranbir was killed in ‘police encounter’ in Dehradun where he was recently transferred from his Meerut Office. Police alleged him of extorting money from Businessmen. He had no criminal record whatsoever. Even the capital city of India has been no exception; the infamous Batla House Encounter is just one of the many such incidents in Delhi. What is very disturbing is the way the state has patronized the officials engaged in encounter killings, giving them promotions and awards to the peril of issues of rule of law, democracy and human rights. Encounters have become institutionalized despite consistent and the many exposures of the falseness of encounters by the civil rights groups and even by NHRC. There is an urgent need to fix accountability of law enforcers to the standards they are supposed to uphold. Currently a petition is being heard in Supreme Court on Encounter killings in Andhra Pradesh. It is in this background,

Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee

People’s Union for Democratic Rights

Invite you to Dr. Ramanadham Memorial Meeting

On

Encounter Killings and Question of Justice

By

Justice J.S. Verma

(Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman, NHRC)

Date: 3rd September 2009

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: Indian Law Institute

Moushumi Basu Kranthi Chaitnya

Gautam Navlakha APCLC

Secretaries, PUDR

Ph. no. 9810371257

[email protected]

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