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Manipur, Centre told to give a man’s family Rs 5 lakh, eight years after police allegedly killed him

The inquiry reportedly found that commandos fired indiscriminately at Ngangbam Naoba.

The High Court of Manipur on Thursday asked the state and Central government to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the parents of a man killed by the Manipur police in May 2009, according to local media reports.

The court had ordered an inquiry after the victim, Ngangbam Naoba’s mother filed a petition in 2010, The Sangai Express reported. The inquiry, led by a district judge, found that Imphal West commandos fired indiscriminately at Naoba, without “admissible reason” and before an attempt to arrest him.

The inquiry said some commandos of Imphal West walked into Naoba’s house on the night of May 6, 2009, dragged him out and killed him, the Imphal Free Press reported. After that, L Bedajit Singh, who was then the sub-inspector of police, reportedly filed a report with the officer in-charge of the Imphal police station stating that Naoba was a member of a banned organisation and was killed in an encounter.

On Thursday, acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur, N Kotiswar Singh, directed the governments in the state and Centre to pay the family the compensation within the next four months.

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