Extra-judicial killings: SC asks why kill 12-year-old?
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Regretting the reported encounter killing of a 12-year-old boy in Manipur on the charges of militancy, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that indiscriminate encounters could never be a tool to fight insurgency.
A Bench, led by Justice Aftab Alam, while hearing a PIL which alleged 1,528 extra-judicial killings in the last 30 years in Manipur, expressed its concerns after being informed that a 12-year-old boy was killed in an encounter in Imphal in 2009 since he was allegedly a member of a banned outfit. "Why would a 12-year-old child ever get killed? Even if assuming that he was a militant, will he be taken out of his house and killed?... It is certainly a case to alienate people of the same land," the Bench said, fixing the matter for further hearing on January 4.
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