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NHRC urged to probe Petchong encounter

By Correspondent

TURA, May 25 � The Petchong encounter, where army men from the Dogra Regiment shot two men believing them to be members of the militant Achik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF), is likely to be investigated by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) after an NGO filed a case in the NHRC website. The case was raised by the Achik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) on March 23. The Dogra Regiment had conducted an operation in March last in Petchong village of Jongki under Kharkutta Block in North Garo Hills, where two persons were killed. They were returning home after a hunting trip.

AIJIF had updated the NHRC after a visit to the place of encounter and collecting first hand account from residents of the village. �We have urged the NHRC to investigate the issue which could have been a case of mistaken identity. We are of the firm opinion that the two killed were just villagers�, said AIJIF spokesman.

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NHRC urged to probe Petchong encounter

TURA, May 25 � The Petchong encounter, where army men from the Dogra Regiment shot two men believing them to be members of the militant Achik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF), is likely to be investigated by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) after an NGO filed a case in the NHRC website. The case was raised by the Achik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) on March 23. The Dogra Regiment had conducted an operation in March last in Petchong village of Jongki under Kharkutta Block in North Garo Hills, where two persons were killed. They were returning home after a hunting trip.

AIJIF had updated the NHRC after a visit to the place of encounter and collecting first hand account from residents of the village. �We have urged the NHRC to investigate the issue which could have been a case of mistaken identity. We are of the firm opinion that the two killed were just villagers�, said AIJIF spokesman.