Human rights activists in India – on behalf of the country’s Supreme Court – are investigating more than 1,500 alleged unlawful killings.
Last year the court took the unprecedented step of empowering civilian investigators in the north-eastern state of Manipur where the Indian army and police have been fighting an insurgency for four decades.
Later this month the judges are expected to order a full investigation based on the activists’ findings which could lead to prosecutions.
Filmed and edited by Varun Nayar and Kunal Sehgal. Interviews by Soutik Biswas.