Machil fake encounter: hopes belied

News reports of 27.07.2017 state that an Armed Forces Tribunal has suspended the life sentences awarded by a General Court Martial in 2014 and which were confirmed in 2015, to five army personnel for the killings of three Kashmiri civilians in April 2010, at Machil. The reason for suspension rests on presentation of ‘facts’ which have allegedly broken the chain of evidence established in the GCM. Bashir Ahmad Lone, the alleged counter-insurgent who had lured the three civilians to Kalaroos army camp, had not been examined in the Court Martial.

Banned and Damned to Death: Press Statement on Custodial Killings of SIMI Undertrials

On the morning of 31st October eight male Muslim undertrials- Amjad Khan, Mehboob alias Guddu, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Salik, Akeel Khilji, Mohammad Khalid, Mujeeb Shaikh, Majid- all accused in SIMI related cases, were brutally shot dead by the Madhya Pradesh (MP) Police. As per the police, the eight had allegedly escaped from Bhopal Central Jail, were armed and dangerous, and the police had no option but to take them out. The facts recounted by the police about the jail break have since been disproved or are at the very least highly contested. How could eight inmates scale a 30 feet wall?

Condemn Targetting of Democratic Rights Activists' Team inquiring into Seshachalam Killings

 Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the slapping of cases against activists of a team of several civil liberties and democratic rights organisations from across the country who conducted a fact-finding into the recent killings of 20 red sanders "smugglers" in Chittoor district. Members of CDRO (Committee of Democratic Rights) and other human rights groups had visited the two 'encounter' sites on 10th April.

Condemn cold-blooded murder of five under-trial prisoners by Telengana Police

PUDR notes with deep concern the news report regarding the encounter killing of 5 under-trial prisoners near Alair in Nalgonda district, Telengana on 7th April 2015. The incident occurred on a busy highway in the middle of the morning when the prisoners were being taken from Warangal jail to a Hyderabad court. According to IGP Warangal, Naveen Chand, the police convoy of three vehicles made an unscheduled halt at the request of under-trial prisoner, Vikaruddin Ahmed.

युद्ध-क्षेत्र में आदिवासी जिंदगियाँ : बीजापुर के गावों में सुरक्षा कैंप के बीच असुक्षित जीवन

दिसंबर 2014  में पी. यू. डी. आर. का एक जांच दल छत्तीसगढ़ के बीजापुर जिले के 9  गांवों  में गया.

Can Compensation replace Justice?

 On 18th December 2014, the Supreme Court directed the Central Government to pay Rs. 10 lakh as compensation to the family of Thangjam Chanu Manorama Devi. PUDR recognizes that this is a small step but cannot be a substitute for actual justice. Reacting to the SC Order, Manorama Devi's younger brother Thangjam Dorendro and Manorama's mother, Thangjam Khumanlei stated that though the SC ruled the incident as a staged encounter, their demand was not for compensation but justice. 

Protest against Impunity to Armed forces in Armed Conflict Areas-11th July, 11 AM

One cannot forget the image of women protesting naked in front of the Assam Rifles headquarters in Imphal in Manipur holding banners titled: "Indian Army Rape us". The protest was in response to an incident that took place on the night of 10-11 July, 2004 when Ms. Thangjam Manorama Devi was arrested by soldiers of Assam Rifles for interrogation. In the morning her dead body was found in mutilated condition.

Pathribal Killing: Requiem for Justice Denied

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the dismissal of charges by the Army’s 15 Corps against four senior officers, a retired Major General, two Colonels, a Lt Colonel and a Subedar, belonging to 7 Rashtriya Rifles. The five were accused of abduction, killing, followed by mutilation of the dead bodies along with fake recoveries of weapons and ammunition, on 25th March  2000 in Pathribal. The nearly fifteen-year struggle to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice has come to a grinding halt. 

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