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Pay compensation for illegal detention of two persons: MHRC to state

The MHRC, after deliberating the plea of two persons arrested in two separate cases, found the charges levelled against them as illegal and directed the state police to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 each.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 15 Jul 2022, 6:25 pm

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The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Friday recommended the state government to pay compensation for illegal detention of two persons who were arrested and detained by state police on two different charges.

Two persons approached the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC), pleading for justice and ensuring protection of their Human Rights. The MHRC, after deliberating the plea of both the persons arrested in two separate cases, found the charges levelled against them as illegal and directed the state police to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 each.

Of the two persons, one Yumkhaibam Bimol Meitei, was arrested by state police on charge of having nexus and for being an overground worker of proscribed group KYKL. But according to his daughter, Bimol was arrested for attending an election rally of Th Brinda Devi, who was contesting the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election from Yaiskul Assembly Constituency. 

After conducting enquiry of the facts and circumstances of the case, the MHRC opined that the arrest and detention of Yumkhaibam Bimol by the police is not legally justifiable.

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“The arrest of Yumkhaibam Bimol Meitei was not at all essential only on the ground of being overground worker of KYKL, a banned organization, without prima facie evidence of nexus with the banned organization and having no connection with any unlawful activities,” the commission stated.

Since his human rights have been violated, the MHRC is of the opinion that appropriate interim compensation under section 18 (C) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 requires to be paid to the victim arrestee.

The other person, identified as Leishram Herojit, who is also the secretary of CADA (antidrug body) Thoubal district committee, was detained by the police and the MHRC termed it illegal.

The MHRC observed that Herojit was arrested and detained by the police without due process of law for organizing a sit-in-protest at Heirok Part II Mayai leikai against the acquittal of one Lukhosei.

During the course of inquiry in the given facts and circumstances of the case, the commission is of the opinion that the arrest and detention of the said Laishram Herojit aka Shintha by the Police is not legally justifiable.

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“His arrest was not at all essential only on the ground of being an overground worker of a banned group without any prima facie evidence of alleged nexus with the said banned organization,” the MHRC stated.

The commission recommended that a sum of Rs 50,000 each be paid to Yumkhaibam Bimol Meitei and Laishram Herojit by the state government within one month as interim compensation.

The acting chairperson of the commission, Khaidem Mani, said that if the state government violates recommendation of the commission, then the commission will file mandamus writ before the Supreme Court or the High Court under section 18(B).

“Commission may not be able to take up any human rights violation case itself, so the commission is always open for people to approach the commission,” said Khaidem Mani.

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First published:15 Jul 2022, 4:16 pm

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