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Death Case of Assam boy at army custody – Court orders compensation, investigation

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By- Correspondent| Date- September 18, 2011

It was 24th of February, 2008 when some army men of the 8th Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army had taken teenager Projit Langthasa of Harengajao, NC Hills, Assam. He was a student of eighth standard. He never returned back to his home. He was shot dead instead, allegedly at army custody. The family of Projit knocked at the door of justice several times but the accused was never arrested, nor was any action taken just like several other in human cases involving army personnel in North east India. Later, the father of the deceased, Rongmon Langthasa filed a petition to the Gauhati High Court requesting enquiry by an independent investigating authority like CBI and seeking justice and compensation for his son’s death.

Finally there was rays of hope to justice as the Division Bench of the Gauhati High Court comprising Justice AK Goel and Justice Amitava Roy directed the Central Government, a day earlier, to compensate Rongmon Langthasa with Rs 3, 00, 000 as interim compensation and also directed the State Government to file an affidavit as to why the accused have not so far been arrested or why no departmental action did not happen with the accused killer of the boy.

It is now expected that the investigations would be re-initiated and the culprit unmasked and put behind bars.

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Death Case of Assam boy at army custody – Court orders compensation, investigation

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