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Wuzu firing incident: HC notice GoI to prosecute erring officials

Gauhati High Corut Kohima Bench

DIMAPUR, APRIL 18: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has issued notice to the Centre in connection with a petition seeking, among other reliefs, sanction to prosecute erring officials involved in the Wuzu firing incident that had resulted in the killing of two children in 2015.
According to Court records, the writ petition was filed by Tsufuchu and Vitsurho @ Esther Jorram, both residents of Wuzu Village, and Meghato, a resident of Phor Village.
“By filing this petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, the petitioners pray for issuance of the following directions: (i) To accord prosecution sanction to the erring office of the Wuzu firing incident involving the unjustified killing of two innocent children, Aso and Tuzali and injuring petitioner No. 3 (Vitsurho) in order to proceed with the investigation and trial of the case in accordance with law.
“(ii) To pay adequate compensation of Rs 50,00,000 each in favour of the petitioner Nos. 1 & 2 for unjustified death of two deceased persons and to respondent No. 3 for permanent injury inflicted upon her”, stated an order issued by Justice Budi Habung on April 16.
Besides, the Union of India, the respondents named in the petition were Union Secretary of Defence; State of Nagaland represented by the Chief Secretary; DGP Nagaland; GOC-in-Chief Eastern Command, Kolkata; IGAR (North), Kohima; SP Phek; and Commanding Officer of 46 Assam Rifles C Coy at Akhego in Kiphire.
“Issue notice calling upon the respondents to show cause as to why rule should not be issued as prayed for and why other order(s) or direction shall not be issued as to this Court may deem fit and proper. The notice is made returnable by 4 (four) weeks.
“Since Mr. Yangerwati, learned CGC, has accepted notice on behalf of respondent Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6 & 8 and Mr. E Thiba Phom, learned Government Advocate, has accepted notice on behalf of respondent Nos. 3, 4 & 7 no formal notice need be issued to the said respondents, however, petitioners shall serve requisite extra copies of the petition to the said respondents within 2 (two) days from today. List the matter after 4 (four) weeks”, stated the order.
(Page News Service)