Hyderabad, February 06:The Andhra Pradesh High Court has said encounter killings must be treated as any murder case and the police must be booked.
This becomes significant after the alleged encounter killings of leftist extremists and more recently, the killing of three acid attack accused allegedly in a fake encounter.
A five-judge bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court said this afternoon that in every case of alleged encounter, a case must be registered against the police.
This reverses the 2:1 judgment of another Bench that had dismissed a petition seeking a murder trial against police officers involved in ‘encounters’ with the Naxalites.
The majority of the Bench had said that without a complaint a case should not be initiated against the police. Whereas one judge had argued that those involved in encounters should be tried in the same way as in any other murder case.
Nearly 11 petitions were filed by revolutionary writer P Varavara Rao and civil liberties groups following the Manala encounter in Nizamabad district which took place on March 7.
06 February 2009,www.siasat.com