The National Human Rights Commission has severely indicted the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the Delhi Government and the Delhi Police for their responses to its notices in connection with an encounter in the National Capital in which five persons were killed on the 5th May, 2006. On the basis of the material on record, the Commission has found the encounter doubtful and has recommended Rs.5 lakh each to the next of kin of five persons killed in the encounter. The Commission had registered case No. 8323/24/2006-2007 on the basis of an intimation received from the father of one of the victims.
This self-serving evasiveness of the Delhi Police is supported by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, though it is the Nodal Ministry for the protection of human rights in India. This is a sad reflection on the Delhi Police and on the Ministry's understanding of its responsibilities on human rights. In this case, as usual, no magisterial enquiry was held.