Updated on 27 Oct 2021, 6:37 pm
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The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Wednesday decided to inquire into the facts and circumstances leading to the death of Athuan Abonmei on September 22.
It further settled for an inquiry to identify the liability of the person responsible for the death of Athuan Abonmei and to find out any matters incidental thereto and to recommend measures for preventing recurrence of such incidents in the future.
MHRC stated for taking the statement of witnesses in connection with the inquiry to be conducted and devising the procedure for holding the inquiry under section 13 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 read with the regulation adopted by the commission.
For the purpose of inquiry, a public notice will be issued in regards to the proceeding of the commission intimating that the persons who are interested in giving evidence in connection with the issues of inquiry should file their affidavit. In the case of civil society or JAC, a representation containing the issues in questions must be submitted before the commission. Public notices will be issued through the daily newspapers in English as well as Manipuri vernaculars having wide circulation in Manipur, it stated.
The state witnesses who are likely to be examined by the commission shall be served with notice through the chief secretary to the state government in case of civil administration witnesses and state DGP in case of the police witnesses. In the event of the case, the commission requires closed and committed cooperation from the state government by expediting all essential demands and requirements that have already been intimated and proposed through the Law department, Government of Manipur. The state government needs to provide a government advocate representing the state to the commission, stated MHRC.
MHRC further mentioned that the undersecretary (Home), Government of Manipur must furnish a detailed report in connection with the death of Athuan Abonmei that the case has been handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the state government has ordered an inquiry to be considered by an additional chief secretary to the state government.
On careful perusal of all the materials on record, the commission viewed that the materials require further careful and deeper consideration.
The commission which is a permanent body, standing legal forums drawing its jurisdiction from the Protection of Human Rights Act herein referred to as the ‘Act' shall proceed with the case under section 12 (a) of the Act, it added.
“What is provided under section 2 (d) of the Act is an extension of what is guaranteed under Article 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22, etc. of part III of the Constitution of India, namely, fundamental rights. The Parliament of India in its wisdom has enacted this Act to address the growing concerns of ‘human rights’ violations adversely impacting the citizenry at large. The Act was brought into existence in 1993 in order to guarantee the citizens that any violation of their rights will be the subject matter of the inquiry and the investigation before the Human Rights Commission,” stated MHRC.
MHRC further stated that the commission should submit the finding of the inquiry report to the state government. The government may then furnish a copy of the inquiry report to the NIA for necessary investigation.