Samurou Killing: MHRC takes suo-motu, tells DGP to submit report within three days
IFP IMPACT: The MHRC on Monday took up suo-motu under section 12 of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 in connection with the Samurou killing incident which took place on January 9.
Updated on 11 Jan 2022, 8:29 pm
The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Monday took up suo-motu under section 12 of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 in connection with the Samurou killing incident to ensure rights to life and personal liberty of the citizens of the state, particularly the villagers of Wangoi AC.
The MHRC has also directed DGP, Manipur to submit the report of action taken within three days.
It is stated that based on news published in local newspapers, particularly in the Imphal Free Press entitled “Samurou killing: Manipur CM condemns gun attack”, the commission has taken up suo-motu case.
On the night of January 9 at around 10 pm, one person, identified as Abujam John, succumbed to bullet injuries in a gun attack near Samurou Machu Cinema Hall in Imphal West. Another person, identified as Abujam Tomba, who sustained bullet injury in the same incident succumbed to his injuries at Raj Medicity hospital in Imphal on Monday 5 am.
The Imphal Free Press had reported the news that “Manipur CM N Biren strongly condemned the killing of two persons, including a worker of Agriculture Minister O Lukhoi, at Samurou under Wangoi Police Station, Imphal West”. The chief minister alsong with Lukhoi visited the victim’s families on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, a Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed against the killing of the two men, including an active worker of state Agriculture Minister O Lukhoi, at Samurou in Imphal West has decided to take strong action if concerned officials fail to furnish facts of the killing within 48 hours with effect from 10 am Monday.
Demanding justice for the two, the JAC was formed in an emergency meeting held at the complex of New Young Sporting Club, Samurou early Monday. The meeting unanimously resolved that the JAC will take up necessary action against the killing of Abujam John and Abujam Rishikanta alias Tomba.
It was also resolved that the JAC will not accept the bodies until the relevant source of killing is furnished proactively.
The meeting further resolved to demand Chief Minister N Biren Singh to open a police outpost at a feasible area in Samurou Municipal Council and fit modern devices like CCTV to prevent such crimes in the future.
Meanwhile, John's wife Bimo told the Imphal Free Press that her husband left the house around 8.40 pm after dinner. After a while, she saw John and Sashikanta standing on the other side of Mayai Lambi road and having a conversation. Then, out of nowhere, a man of short height went towards them and she could hear gunshots fired three times. And the man fled immediately after, she said.