PAC demands to hand over Pravish’s case to the CBI ahead of PM’s visit

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Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 13: People Action Committee (PAC) formed to press for justice to the ‘mysterious’ death of Parvish Chanam of Manipur in Noida last year has heightened its agitation demanding to hand over the Pravish’s case to the CBI ahead of Prime Minister’s visit to Manipur on March 16.

Spearheaded by PAC, student bodies, Youth Forum for Protection of Human Rights and civil society organisations today launched ‘Justice Campaign’ over Parvish death and racial discrimination towards the North East people in the mainland of the country. People staged a sit-in at Langthabal in Imphal West demanding immediate CBI inquiry over the issue.

The agitators shouted “We forbid Prime Minister’s visit unless the case is handed to CBI”. They asked, “Why did Noida Police keep Parvish death in secret? Who sold the Pravish’s body organ?” Under no circumstances will not accept any form of compensation, said the agitators.

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Pravish Chanam, a 22-year-old engineering student from Imphal, was found dead in Noida on September 9 after he went missing from a music concert at Noida the previous day.

Pravish was admitted to Bhim Rao Ambedkar Hospital in Sector 30 of Noida on the night of September 8 by an unknown person and he (Pravish) reportedly left the hospital the next day. On September 9, Pravish’s body was found near a car market in Nithari, a few metres away from the hospital. Police cremated his body on September 13 as it was unclaimed.

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The people action committee says it will agitate until the case is handed to the CBI. If the culprit has been punished it would have been meaningful for us to be citizens of India, said Ahongshangbam Pholen, PAC convenor.

Chief minister Biren had sent a police officer to Noida to investigate the case. He also met UP CM Yogi Adityanath, in New Delhi last September and sought a thorough investigation into the case. Yogi reportedly told Biren that he would not object to a CBI inquiry into the case after Biren conveyed to Yogi that the people of Manipur wanted a CBI probe into the case.

Our chief minister has been co-operating the people for justice to the issue, but the base has not been handed over to the CBI. As the chief minister asked the people to discuss any issue before taking up any agitation we sought for appointment to meet him, but failed, said Pholen.

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We sent memorandums to the Prime Minister Modi, Union home minister Rajnath and the home minister of state for home affairs Rijiju on January 25 to let the case investigate by CBI. We have received an acknowledgement letter from Rijiju. But it did not satisfy us. So we faxed again to make out our demand ahead of Prime Ministr’s visit, said Pholen.

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