Women group demands punishment of army personnel involved in murder
IMPHAL | Aug 9 : Khwai Singjubung Women Welfare Association today held a sit-in demonstration demanding investigation and justice to the victims of ‘custodial killings’ of Gurumayum Jiteshwar Sharma, Thangjam Satish, Thounaojam Prem, RK. Ranel and Phijam Naobi by 3 CISU of Indian Army.
The protest was organised in association with JAC at Nagamapal Singjubung Leirak.
Secretary of the women association, Th. Pisakmacha said that the Indian Army had killed them mercilessly in a cold blooded and the actual incidents have been kept hidden as if they did not commit the crime. However the truth has emerged and it is high time to investigate the brutal killing with empathy, she added.
The family member of the victims wanted to finish their last rites, and thus they demanded to hand over the mortal remains of all five victims, she added.
“The emergence of facts regarding the custodial killings of five victims has proved that there is a complete human rights violation in the state under the shadow of Arm Forces Special Powers Act, 1958. It should not be taken lightly by both Central and state government,” she lamented,
“We want these extra judicial killings be investigated by independent investigating agency like CBI for delivery of true justice and punish the culprits involved in the case,” she added.
Convenor of the JAC, LairikyengbamBodey also appealed the state government to conduct a speedy trial and deliver justice at the earliest. They should know that “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied”, she added.
Meanwhile, the JAC Jiribam today held a sit in protest at Lamkhai market, Jiribam district with the demand that the dead body of G. Jiteshor Sharma alias Gypsy and others who had been murdered by the Indian Army in extra judicial killings, must be handed over to their families.
During the protest, placards that read ‘Remove AFSPA from Manipur’, ‘We demand a fair trial, punish the guilty’, ‘The Indian Army involved in the killings must be punished’ were displayed.
M. Maipaksana, a protestor stated that in early April, 2011, Jiteshor from Nagamapal Singjubung, Imphal went missing and a complaint was submitted to the state government and authorities concerned. Security forces of that time, i.e. Commando, Manipur Police, Indian Army and other Para-military forces clarified that none of them have made arrest of the missing person, he said. As per their clarifications, the case that was filed at Guwahati High Court was withdrawn, he added.
From that time onwards, more cases of people being arrested from their homes and disappearing without as trace followed after Gypsy’s disappearance, Maipaksana informed adding Gypsy’s companions, Th. Satist, Th. Prem, R. K Ronel and Ph. Naobi were all arrested from their homes afterwards by unknown armed personnel who are masks.
He further stated that it was still not known for such a long time, to their families whether the arrested persons were dead or alive until it was suddenly revealed on July 1 in a nine – page affidavit filed at Guwahati High Court by lieutenant colonel, Indian Army, Dharambir Singh that G. Jiteshor Sharma and four of his companions had been murdered.
Following the news report of the revelation by Dharambir, 30 organisations of Manipur led by Nagamapal Singjubung Youth Organisation held a public meeting on August 5, he informed. It was publicly confirmed in the meeting that such type of killings without following any trial or method is beyond the constitution of India, it is a direct confrontation to the Fundamental Rights, and it proves that there have been no prevalent laws in the state as per the exposure by lieutenant colonel, Dharambir Singh, he added.
Meipaksana further stated that the main goal of the protest organised today was to demand that the dead bodies of the murdered persons be handed over to their families and that the guilty persons involved in the killings be put under a fair trial.
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