Documents of illegal arms and ammunition kept at M Sector destroyed by Major BS Rathore
Are some officers trying to frame Lt Col Dharamvir ?
IMPHAL | Jul 11
In a startling development, Lt Col RP Nanda admitted that official documents connected with keeping illegal arms and ammunition in the premises of the M sector military detachment at Kanglapat were destroyed by Major Rathore.
A decorated army officer, Lt Col Dharamvir Singh appealed in Court of Law that some senior officers have been trying to frame charges against him, as the latter had complained of certain atrocities committed by some officers at Dimapur, Rangapahar camp.
Lt Col Dharamvir Singh was allegedly illegally arrested in the early morning on July 1, 2018 and was taken to Dimapur. The same day in the afternoon (in absence of Dharamvir Singh), illegal arms and ammunition were recovered from the M sector. Then, as admitted by Lt Col Nanda, on directions of Brigadier Administrative and Brigadier Intelligence of 3 Corprs, he wrote a letter to CO. On that very same day, Dharamvir Singh’s wife registered an FIR at Imphal city police station alleging illegal arrest and detention and also filed a missing person writ petition at High Court of Manipur. Further, on the High Court’s directive, Dharamvir Singh was produced before the High Court and the officers of 3 Corps however claimed that he was never arrested as he was taken to his first place of posting and from July 1, 2018 onward, he was simply performing his normal duties at Dimapur camp.
After this, Dharamvir Singh filed an affidavit before the High Court claiming that in furtherance of the larger conspiracy, he has been framed and victimised by some rogue senior officers because of the letter written by him to his CO on September 9, 2016, where he had informed about the illegal acts of few officers of their involvement in the extra judicial killings of one student, Th. Satish and another unidentified person, killing of three Manipuri youths and extortion activities by few rogue officers including the Jorhat robbery.
It may be mentioned that after 4 months of the said illegal recovery, the authorities sent an order of attachment to Lt Col Dharamvir Singh for initiation of summary-of-evidence proceedings against him. The attachment order was challenged by Lt Col Dharamvir Singh before the High Court of Manipur and stayed the operation of attachment order. Later, the Union of India challenged the stay before the Supreme Court and it vacated the stay order stating that High Court should not have intervened in the departmental proceedings as it is a service matter.
Meanwhile, Lt Col Dharamvir Singh filed a Writ petition before the High Court of Manipur praying for registration of an FIR in regard to recovery of illegal arms and ammunition, which is a cognizable offence and mandatory as per the Arms Act and to constitute an independent investigating team and make it court monitored of the said FIR.
Soon after, Lt Col Dharamvir Singh was sent to Pashighat in Arunachal Pradesh and the summary-of-evidence proceedings started there. In March 2019, the Army was shocked, when during the cross-examination Lt Col RP Nanda expressly admitted on record that the official documents regarding recovery of illegal arms and ammunition from M Sector Imphal were destroyed by Major BS Rathore on the same day and more witnesses from the M Sector also supported this statement.
Lt Col Dharamvir Singh filed his statement made in the summary-of-evidence proceedings before the High Court of Manipur in support of his case. On 8 July, 2019 Shreeji Bhavsar, an advocate of the Supreme Court appearing for Lt Col Dharamvir Singh argued before the Court of Justice Nobin Singh that, the admission of Lt Col RP Nanda in summary-of-evidence proceedings makes it very clear that Lt Col Dharamvir Singh has been framed and victimised just because he wrote a letter and informed about illegal acts like murder, dacoity, extortion etc. committed by the officers of the same unit.
Shreeji also raised questions in Court in the lines that if a huge amount of illegal arms ammunition were recovered from the Army detachment- why no FIR has been registered by the Army till date? Why the fact of recovery was not told by the officers of 3 Corps to the High Court when Lt Col Dharamvir Singh was produced before the Court in the Habeas Corpus petition? Even after committing of such serious crime why he was allowed to perform normal duties? Why the State of Manipur has not yet registered an FIR even when it is mandatory under the Arms Act to impound illegal arms under the provisions of the law? Why even after 4 months, no inquiry or action has been taken against officers who have admittedly destroyed the official documents regarding recovery of illegal arms and ammunition? Why no inquiry has been called out by the 3 Corps in cases of murder, dacoity, extortion etc. which were informed by Lt Col Dharamvir Singh? The Government of Manipur instead of registering an FIR, is challenging the maintainability of the petition stating that there is no need of registering an FIR as it is an internal service matter and they have nothing to do with it. The High Court has adjourned this case on August 28, 2019 for further arguments to decide the maintainability of the petition.
Destruction of official documents regarding recovery of illegal Arms and Ammunition is a serious criminal offense. The officers involved in conspiracy shall not try to cover up the crime and order inquiry at the highest level to unearth the large conspiracy in which Lt Col Dharamvir Singh has been framed. We have full faith in the institution of Army that they will do the justice with honest and upright officer.
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