10th Foundation Day of EEFVAM held
“Though the investigation for cases raised by EEFVAM has begun as per the direction of the Supreme Court, they have not been listed up for hearing so far and this has discouraged the families of the victims and put them under apprehension.”
This was stated by secretary, EEVFAM, Edina Yaikhom during the 10th Foundation day observation of Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM).
She further said that since 2012, 39 cases have been taken up and 11 chargesheet have been made. As for now, trails have begun for nine cases at related courts including CJM, Imphal.
On the other hand, the cases which were forwarded to CBI are kept pending while prosecution sanction is kept withheld for nine cases though they have been charge sheeted, she said. Meanwhile, five cases are stalled due to lack of evidence. “We have now prepared to file a petition to urge not to further stall these cases,” she added.
The Supreme Court had given the directive for investigation into these cases in the year 2018 but no trail has been made till date, she stated. The CBI has begun investigating these cases but mere investigation is not going to deliver justice; it requires united efforts from the people, she added.
She stressed that EEVFAM firmly stands in its decision to fight for delivering justice to the fake encounter killings of around 1,500 people and appealed the public to extend support.
At the occasion, reader at Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusion Policy, Manipur University, Dr. Thiyam Bharat presented a socio-economic survey report concerning the families of the victims of extrajudicial executions in the State.
In his survey, he studied the 1528 cases which exist in the records including the 924 cases taken up by the Supreme Court. As per the report, some of the occupations of the victim’s families are cultivator, carpenter, auto-driver, street vendor, nurse, mason, weaver, shopkeeper and those running teashops.
It was also found that out of 1848 students, 736 have dropped from receiving education. As per the report, the victim’s families are in a vulnerable situation and facing acute lack of livelihood assets. It was found that that they have not protection and living in limited livelihood strategies.
The occasion was also attended by acting chairperson, Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC), Khaidem Mani and advocate, M. Ibohal. A panel discussion was also held with director of Human Rights Alert, Babloo Loitongbam as the moderator. Floral tributes were offered to the portraits of the victims.
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