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Life and Death in the North-East-Indian Army in the Dock

Life and Death in the North-East Indian Army in the Dock (By a Special Correspondent) ON April 23, 1984, the Supreme Court directed that the Union of India "shall pay Rs one lakh each" to two women, wives of C Daniel and G Paul, from Huining village, Ukhrul Hast district, Manipur, who were taken to Phungrei camp by the jawans of the 21st Sikh Regiment on March 10, 1982. The government failed to produce them in court despite the issue of habeas corpus on November 24. 1983. The judgement by Justice D A Desai and Justice Chinnuppa Reddy created a stir in legal circles as it goes beyond even the famous Rajan case and sets many precedents. For, this is the first time in our country's history that a habeas corpus petition was upheld against the army and the Union Government held responsible for the "unnatural death" of two persons; compensation was ordered to be paid to the two widows, "in view of the torture, agony and mental oppression through which the two women had to pass", and, finally, the Superintendent of Police was directed to commence investigation for murder against the concerned army officials. Behind this extraordinary judgement lay a tragic human story and an exciting court-room drama.

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