Police incompetency, Criminal masterminds and the System
It is quite surprising that a hardened vicious criminal in the likes of Thokchom Nando could make a make a clean break from the hospital. There is security around the clock, the jail keeps two wardens to monitor and take charge of the manacles which binds Nando, KCP cadre and the murderer of an eight year old Lungnila Elizabeth. Additional security is provided by the Imphal East police as well on a roster basis.
The criminal is said to have a file which connects him with several other crimes happening outside the jail and he was the apparent don of the Sajiwa Jail and presumably operating from inside the jail walls.
The police on the last incident which occurred on March 10, seizing demand letters and a press note, two mobiles seized from his possession then. But, Nando’s father was booked as the main culprit while Nando was mostly left out of the picture. After that incident, the police could have pulled up their pants and maintain a stricter vigil, plus the court was to announce the verdict of the Lungnila murder case on March 30. Just 4 days prior to the judge pronouncing the verdict, Nando makes his escape very conveniently.
Another interesting area is that Nando has been hospitalized since November last year and he has been staying at the male Ortho ward for nearly 5 months. So, how serious is the ailment that Nando was allowed to stay at the hospital for such an extended amount of time. Even for serious bone fractures, it takes only 3 months to heal.
On the flip side, drug kingpin and ADC chairman of Chandel district, Lukhoisei Zou, who was arrested with suitcases of heroin powder, amphetamine tablets, arms , could not be provided security escort by the concerned authorities. He was given an interim bail as his heath condition was supposedly getting worse. Now, the drug lord has pulled the vanishing act from hospital and has been deemed an absconder by the court.It was learnt that after he disappeared from hospital, the concerned authorities are now ready to provide security escort and to cancel his interim bail. Hats off to the system !
In another case, journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem, who has been languishing in jail for using expletives against the chief minister has been slapped with the National Security Act, when the court had already acquitted him. But, when he was last produced before the JNIMS doctor on account of deteriorating health condition, he was accompanied by more than 10 security escorts.
If one puts on the thinking cap, it’s quite surprising that those who have connections and money can almost get away with anything by overriding the system, whereas those who are powerless are thrown to the dogs.
One wonders if the doctor inside the Jail who is recommending that individuals like Nando or Lukhosei Zou were really ill, or was he under pressure to write the health certificates from various quarters. It may be recalled that the first time Kishorchandra was arrested by the police for sending up photos of a rally, he was put in jail but after a journalist union went to the top to urge his release. He was let off on bail in two days, perhaps a medical certificate which may have been issued then may have come in handy.
This is the sorry state of affairs in the state now during the rule of this government which had promised much change from its predecessor. Criminals are tried under the law and kept in the jail as they are not in a frame of mind to mix with the society, they are vicious, manipulative and what not. The State’s medical facility has no separate security ward to keep these inmates. The last time Sharmila was lodged in the security ward of JNIMS during her 16 year fast. After she broke her fast, the hospital also closed down the security ward. So, the need of the hour is to keep a separate well-guarded medical facility for the criminals who may be getting dubious health certificates just to go to the doctor and pull the vanishing act. One wishes all the best to the police in tracking down the criminal masterminds!
No wonder, the main accused, Vikas Yadav in the infamous murder case of model Jessica Lall, got an anticipatory bail from Manipur session court.
Leader Writer: Paojel Chaoba
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