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Henri Tiphagne, advocate and executive director of a human rights organization, People’s Watch, said it is wrong to celebrate encounter killings. “Most of the encounter killings are staged ones even though police claim they only acted in retaliation. They should improve the quality of investigation and prosecution instead of resorting to such shortcuts,” he said.
Madurai-based People’s Watch has accused the national commissions of the country of failing to act on human rights violations in Manipur, and demanded the resignation of the chairpersons and members of these commissions. “They acted only after the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court took up the matter on July 19,” said People’s Watch executive director Henri Tiphagne.