Jurisprudence

Assam: Government pays Rs 5 lakh compensation for extrajudicial killing of Lakhan Basumatary

The NHRC has acted on the complaint filed by the Asian Centre for Human Rights dated 6 May 2013 against the extrajudicial killing of 28-year-old Lakhan Basumatary (a Bodo tribal).

As per the complaint of ACHR, at about 12.10 am on 11 October 2012, several Army personnel of the 2ndField Regiment Artillery based on Deo Mornoi in Darrang district of Assam had surrounded the house of Lakhan Basumatary at Betna village under Tamulpur police station in Baksa district of Assam. Thereafter, one of the personnel shouted the name of Lakhan Basumatary. As Lakhan Basumatary came out of the house, the army personnel asked him something and the personnel opened fire at him from point blank range, thereby killing him on the spot. After killing him, the Army personnel left the place immediately.

The family members of the deceased stated that Lakhan Basumatary was innocent and killed in cold blood. The deceased was reportedly the sole bread earner of the family.

Acting on the complaint of ACHR, the NHRC had initiated an inquiry. By its proceedings dated 4 October 2017, the NHRC recommended to the Government of Assam to pay a sum of Rs 5 Lakhs to the next of kin (NoK) of the deceased. The Chief Secretary, Government of Assam was asked to submit compliance report along with proof of payment within six weeks.

Pursuant to the directions of the Commission, Deputy Secretary Home and Political Department, Government of Assam vide communication dated 10.10.2018 forwarded a copy of the receipt regarding payment of Rs. Five Lakhs to the NoK of the deceased Lakhan Basumatary.

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