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Assam Govt seeks addl time for affidavit on encounter killings

Hearing the petition, the court on January 11 had asked the state government to file a detailed affidavit in the cases related to encounter killings by the Assam police.

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Guwahati: The Assam government on Tuesday sought 10 days’ time to file an affidavit in Gauhati High Court in response to the PIL filed on alleged fake encounters by Assam police since May last year.

Appearing for the state government, Advocate General Devajit Saikia sought 10 more days from the High Court to file the affidavit. New Delhi-based advocate and activist, Arif Jwadder had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) and sought a detailed investigation under court supervision on the alleged encounter killings.

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Hearing the petition, the court on January 11 had asked the state government to file a detailed affidavit in the cases related to encounter killings by the Assam police.

The matter has now been posted for hearing on February 8.. Jwadder, a resident of Assam, has in the PIL mentioned that 80 such encounters have taken place in the state since May 2021, resulting in 28 deaths and leaving 48 injured. 

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