HC directs Home dept. to form probe committee into ‘Operation Blue Bird’ incident
IMPHAL | Jun 16
A division bench of the High Court of Manipur on June 13 disposed off 28 years old case relating to the infamous ‘Operation Blue Bird’ incident at Oinam village, Senapati district before directing the home secretary of the State to constitute a Committee to hold an inquiry into the incident.
The bench comprising of Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice, MV Muralidharan further directed home secretary to constitute the committee within a period of three months for an enquiry into the matter. Moreover, the bench also asked the Assam Rifles to take part in the proceedings of the Committee which will comprise of SP, DC of Senapati and any other competent officers.
The committee should enquire on merit of allegations with an appropriate complaint affidavit and after enquiry the committee should submit an impartial report to the Government, said the HC in an order.
On the basis of the report, the Government will have to decide appropriate relief or payment of compensation as may be suggested by the committee, it said.
The Court mentioned that the petitioners are seeking compensation as victims on various heads. The multi-faceted claims on different heads have to be segregated and analysed, it said. It may not be possible for a judicial officer to determine the quantum of compensation because of the shortage of judicial officers, multi-faceted claims have to be enquired could be possible by competent officers who are people friendly, it stated.
The case disposed was in connection with three separate petitions filed by the NPMHR in October 1987 to the Guwahati high court. On the fateful day on July 19, 1987 suspected NSCN (National Socialist Council of Nagaland) raided Assam Rifles outpost at Oinam Hill Village and left with a large quantity of arms and ammunition. Nine soldiers were killed in the attack and three were seriously injured.
It is reported that the underground taken away 18 LMG, 128 SLR, 4 two inches Mortar, 20 Carbine Sten, 400 Grenades, 1,28,000 rounds of ammunition and two wireless sets.
In retaliation to the attack, ‘Operation Blue bird’ the code name used for counter-insurgency operation was launched on July 11, 1987 under the command of general officer in command of N Sector, general, PL. Kukrety and supervised by Brigadier BN Singh, Manipur Sector to recover the seized arms and ammunition taken away by NSCN.
Around thirty villages were affected and were allegedly tortured by Assam Rifles as enumerated by the Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights.
The petitions alleged that the security forces committed the cognisable offences of murder, manslaughter, infliction of grievous injuries, rape and sexual harassment, arson, looting, desecration of Church, wanton destruction of public and private properties; including school, buildings, illegal evictions, illegal raids, seizures, illegal detentions and arrests and forced labour. As per the petitioners, atleast 27 men, women and children have been either tortured to death or have died due to harassment, forced starvation and shock suffered by them.
The infamous incident is the oldest case pending before the high court after its inception in the year 2013.
This case has seen several benches and has the dubious distinction of clocking 28 years. In between, the Guwahati High Court had transmitted it to Imphal bench on 1991. Despite several orders in recent times, it appears that the entire records could not be identified or located. There were no final or interim order from the District Judge, Imphal.
Registrar of the court informed that inspite of several enquiries, it is unable to identify any relevant file except pleas. The documents which have been submitted to the high court has faced predicaments, however, the court has to find a solution to the victim if their grievances are justified.
Therefore, the court presented the case on June 13, with incomplete documents. The pleas which have been submitted to court needs verification and enquiry observed the court.
It further pointed out that the nature of allegation against the Assam Rifles and grievances expressed by the people of the Senapati district in relation to ‘Operation Blue bird’ is that the claim of compensation has to be considered by the competent authority.
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