Cop suspended in connection with alleged custodial death case

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Imphal: Imphal West on Monday suspended a sub-inspector who was responsible for the alleged custodial death of Arambam Nanao, a resident of Sagolband, Imphal West.

An order issued by the Imphal West superintendent of police Ksh. Shivakanta Singh on Monday mentioned that a departmental proceeding is being contemplated against sub-inspector, Th. Jitendro Singh of Imphal West district for his misconduct while on duty. Under Rule 66 of Assam Police Manual Part-III, Jitendro has been suspended with immediate effect, it said.

During the period of suspension, Jitendro’s headquarter will be at Reserve Lines, Imphal West district and will not leave his headquarter without prior permission from the superintendent of police, Imphal West. Jitendro will get subsistence allowance as admissible under rules during the period under which he is placed under suspension, the order said. It was reported that Nanao, a jeweller and resident of Sagolband Kangabam Leikai was pulled up by police in their efforts to recover a certain amount indebted to him died at RIMS on Monday.

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Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the killing of Arambam Nanao submitted a four point memorandum to chief minister N. Biren on Wednesday including the points to take up a judicial enquiry against sub-inspector, Jitendro and those persons who were involved during the incident in order to give appropriate punishment.

The 4-point memorandum was resolved during a meeting held at the community hall of Kangabam Leikai, Imphal West on Tuesday. During the meeting, the JAC was formed and appointed Kangabam Ashok Singh as convenor of the JAC while Tongbram Jacky and Kangabam Lenin Singh as co-convenor respectively. The memorandum demanded to take up a judicial enquiry against the sub-inspector and those persons who were involved during the incident in order to give appropriate punishment. Police should disclose the identity of the person who made a complaint to the police against Nanao.

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Government should provide an appropriate government job to the wife of the deceased so that she could take care of their three children in future and further warned the state government that the victim’s family and JAC will not accept the body of Nanao if the government failed to fulfil the demands.

The memorandum was also submitted to MLA Sagolband, RK Imo; MLA Keishamthong, S. Nishikant; DGP and superintendent of police, Imphal West. Nanao’s aunt Arambam (O) Lata said they were informed by a local resident on phone about the abduction of Nanao by some unidentified persons from near his house at around 8.30 am on Monday.

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The sub-Inspector posted called Nanao’s family on the telephone at around 10.30 am to come to the police station. The family members requested to give just two days’ time to pay back the money. Jitendra turned down the request and asked the family members to come after three hours, Lata said.

In the afternoon, Jitendra and his team brought Nanao to his home and searched a jewellery shop opened at his house. Nanao collapsed and the police took him away. The police team was followed till Regional Institute of Medical Sciences. Nanao failed to respond to any treatment and died in the hospital, Lata said. She alleged that the death of Nanao was a custodial death stating that injury marks and bruises were seen on his body.

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