Guwahati: The Gauhati High Court has directed the Centre to pay compensation of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of five youths killed by the Army in Assam ‘s Tinsukia district in 1994, advocate of the petitioner Pari Barman on Friday said.
During an anti insurgency operation Indian army allegedly killed five youths in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district.
Hearing the case, a division bench of Justices Achintya Malla Bujor Barua and Robin Phukan gave the order, she said.
“The case has been closed today. The honourable court has ordered the Union of India to pay compensation of Rs 20 lakh each to the next of kin of the five deceased,” she added.
The case pertains to the killing of five youths who were among nine All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) members picked up by the Army from the Doomdooma in Assam’s Tinsukia district in February 1994, following the murder of a tea estate manager by the ULFA.
Then AASU leader Jagadish Bhuyan, who later became a state minister, immediately filed a habeas corpus before the high court fearing for the safety of the nine youths, which had led the Army to produce four of them alive and the bodies of the others later.
Seven personnel of the 18 Punjab Regiment of Dhola camp involved in the killings were found guilty and awarded life imprisonment by an Army court in 2018.
The compensation amount will be deposited with the high court and it will be paid to the victims’ families as identified by the district judge, Barman said.