Rights activists express probability of using missing weapons in extrajudicial killings
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 4, 2018: Public gathering on ‘Justice for mass extrajudicial execution in Manipur’ expressed possibility of utilising the missing 56 auto 9 mm pistols and 58 magazines from Manipur Rifles custody in extra-judicial killings in Manipur.
The family members of victims of extrajudicial executions, human rights defenders, civil society activists, Meira Paibi (traditional women organisation) leaders, advocates, academicians and students gathered at Kuki Inn, Imphal today.
The gathering was appalled and outraged by the stark irresponsibility of certain government officials responsible for “losing” 56 Auto 9mm 1A pistols and 58 magazines supposed to be in the arm store room of 2nd Battalion, Manipur Rifles having received from the Police Head Quarters on September 11, 2014 and the high probability of these “lost” arms being the ones found next to the victims of the staged encounter, said human rights activist, Babloo Loitongbam.
The discussion deliberated upon the steady progress, pitfalls and challenges in pursuit for justice of the mass atrocity crimes committed in Manipur under the shadow of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958.
The gathering welcome and appreciated the ‘historic report’ of the Supreme Court Appointed Commission on March 30, 2013, the two ‘landmark judgments’ of Supreme Court of India on July 8, 2016 and on July14 2017 in the Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families Association Manipur verses Union of India establishing accountability of fake encounters, retaliatory killings and excessive use of force resulting into death by the Manipur police and the armed forces of the Union.
It recalled the pre-election charge sheet of the BJP against then ruling Congress party for not investigating the 1528 cases of fake encounter in Manipur.
The gathering unanimously resolved to demand that CBI-SIT should comply with the directives of the Supreme Court in its July 14, 2017 judgment both in letter and spirit; and should conduct prompt and through, independent and impartial investigation in all the 98 cases; and file reports under section 173 of Criminal Procedure Code without any further delay.
Government of India should find a comprehensive answer in order to fix vicarious liability on superior police officers and politicians who are responsible for the killings and fulfill the rights to justice and guarantee of non-repetition of all the families of the victims of extrajudicial execution cases listed in the writ petition pending before the Supreme Court as well as the cases which are collected during the data collection by the petitioners in pursuance to the court judgment of 8 July 2016.
The proposed NIA investigation into the “lost” arms and ammunitions from Manipur Rifles armoury should probe all possible angles, including the possibility of implanting of those arms and ammunition during the staged encounters, demanded the gathering.
The state government has recently proposed the NIA for investigation to the missing of arms during 2014 – 16.
The gathering also demanded the state government to ensure the protection of the petitioners, family members, witnesses and human rights defenders associated with the struggle for justice.
It demanded that government of India should repeal the 1958 army act. It also demanded funtionalisation of the Manipur State Human Rights Commission without further delay.
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