May 19, 2006 | Comments Off
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has ordered the Punjab Government to pay Rs 2.5 lakh in compensation to each of the the families of forty-five people killed under police custody from 1984 to 1994.
On May 15, counsel for the Punjab Government appeared before the NHRC and stated that forty-five people had been identified as falling within its November 2004 order.
In its first order (dated November 11, 2004), the commission had granted a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh each to the next of kin of 109 persons who had admittedly died in police custody. The commission found Punjab accountable and responsible for the infringement of the right to life of the persons.
On March 8, the NHRC granted compensation to thirty-eight people; so far, twenty families of the deceased have been paid. The NHRC has so far awarded compensation to 194 people in the Punjab mass cremations case.