State police barred from taking part in CBI probe

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL| July 14

The Supreme Court has directed that Manipur police personnel cannot be allowed in investigating the fake encounter cases. To maintain an independent investigation, the court has notified the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to form a Special Investigation Team comprising of 5 members within two weeks. The compliance report from the CBI is also sought after three weeks by the court.

The CBI director is directed to nominate the five officers and to go through the records of the 83 separate cases already available in the separate commissions, the High Court of Manipur/lower courts and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). They are directed to lodge necessary FIRs, prepare charge sheets and complete the investigation by December,2017.

“The entire groundwork is already done by the commissions of inquiry or by a judicial inquiry, the Manipur High Court or by the NHRC, we leave it to the special investigating team to utilize the material already gathered, in accordance with law. We expect the state of Manipur to extend full co-operation and assistance to the SIT…and also the Union of India to complete the investigation at the earliest without any un-necessary hindrances or obstacles,” the court said. It felt that Manipur police, however, cannot be included in the investigating team as the charges of fake-encounter have been leveled against them.

It was suggested to the court that Manipur police may be associated with the SIT. However, such association was not felt appropriate by the court. “We do not think it appropriate to associate any officer of the Manipur police particularly since in some cases, the role of the Manipur police has been adversely commented upon,” the court ruled.

It cited the case of Bharati Tamang vs Union of India and others that to ensure that the criminal prosecution is carried on without any deficiency, we have no hesitation in directing the constitution of a SIT to investigate the cases.

The court noted that in none of the cases, an FIR has been registered against the Manipur police or any uniformed personnel of the armed forces of the Union.

“On the contrary, FIRs have been registered against the deceased for alleged violations of the law, under the circumstances it would be inappropriate for us to depend upon the Manipur police to carry out an impartial investigation more particularly when some of its own personnel are said to be involved in the fake encounters and the Manipur police has not registered any FIR at the insistence of the next of kin of the deceased,” the court observed.

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL| July 14

The Supreme Court has directed that Manipur police personnel cannot be allowed in investigating the fake encounter cases. To maintain an independent investigation, the court has notified the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to form a Special Investigation Team comprising of 5 members within two weeks. The compliance report from the CBI is also sought after three weeks by the court.

The CBI director is directed to nominate the five officers and to go through the records of the 83 separate cases already available in the separate commissions, the High Court of Manipur/lower courts and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). They are directed to lodge necessary FIRs, prepare charge sheets and complete the investigation by December,2017.

“The entire groundwork is already done by the commissions of inquiry or by a judicial inquiry, the Manipur High Court or by the NHRC, we leave it to the special investigating team to utilize the material already gathered, in accordance with law. We expect the state of Manipur to extend full co-operation and assistance to the SIT…and also the Union of India to complete the investigation at the earliest without any un-necessary hindrances or obstacles,” the court said. It felt that Manipur police, however, cannot be included in the investigating team as the charges of fake-encounter have been leveled against them.

It was suggested to the court that Manipur police may be associated with the SIT. However, such association was not felt appropriate by the court. “We do not think it appropriate to associate any officer of the Manipur police particularly since in some cases, the role of the Manipur police has been adversely commented upon,” the court ruled.

It cited the case of Bharati Tamang vs Union of India and others that to ensure that the criminal prosecution is carried on without any deficiency, we have no hesitation in directing the constitution of a SIT to investigate the cases.

The court noted that in none of the cases, an FIR has been registered against the Manipur police or any uniformed personnel of the armed forces of the Union.

“On the contrary, FIRs have been registered against the deceased for alleged violations of the law, under the circumstances it would be inappropriate for us to depend upon the Manipur police to carry out an impartial investigation more particularly when some of its own personnel are said to be involved in the fake encounters and the Manipur police has not registered any FIR at the insistence of the next of kin of the deceased,” the court observed.

Read more / Original news source: http://www.ifp.co.in/item/1889-state-police-barred-from-taking-part-in-cbi-probe

SC orders probe into 83 cases of fake encounters

By Paojel Chaoba

IMPHAL| July 14

After five years, a double bench of the Supreme Court today comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit ordered investigation into 83 cases of fake encounters perpetrated by the state police commandos, army and paramilitary forces.

The court ordered the CBI director to institute a special investigating team (SIT) comprising of 5 members within two weeks.

The team is to probe the cases of fake encounters, to register FIRs and to charge-sheet against the involved personnel. The SIT is directed to hand over the investigation report by December 2017.

It dismissed aside the concerns of the Chief of Army Staff that FIRs cannot be warranted against the officers while engaged in a counter insurgency situation and pronounced that any allegation of use of excessive force or retaliatory force by uniformed personnel resulting in the death of any person necessitates a through inquiry into the incident.

The court observed that the 1528 cases submitted by EEVFAM cannot be investigated in totality as the documentation was inadequate but the petitioning body has been directed to complete the documentation.

However, the counsel of the petitioner has been able to gather information regarding 655 deaths.

“We do not think it appropriate to pass any direction for the time being in regard to the cases concerning written complaints, oral complaints, cases with eye-witness accounts and family related cases. It is not that every single allegation must be inquired into. It must be remembered that we are not dealing with individual cases but a systematic or institutional response related to constitutional criminal law,” the court observed.

The Supreme Court broke down the cases which can be probed as 34 deaths investigated by commissions of inquiry, 32 deaths considered by judicial inquiries and high court, 20 deaths inquired by the National Human Rights Commission and seven inquiry cases by justice Santosh Hegde commission. In total, the CBI led investigation team has to probe into 83 fake encounter cases.

The court left out the cases of Thangjam Manorama and some others on grounds that the issues are still pending at the Supreme Court. Some infamous cases which the court ordered the investigation are the June 18 killing in which 11 persons were mowed down by the CRPF while trying to storm the CM bungalow.

The Malom massacre in 2002 in which Assam Rifles killed 10 persons. Out of the 83 cases, Manipur police involvement is in 19 cases.

By Paojel Chaoba

IMPHAL| July 14

After five years, a double bench of the Supreme Court today comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit ordered investigation into 83 cases of fake encounters perpetrated by the state police commandos, army and paramilitary forces.

The court ordered the CBI director to institute a special investigating team (SIT) comprising of 5 members within two weeks.

The team is to probe the cases of fake encounters, to register FIRs and to charge-sheet against the involved personnel. The SIT is directed to hand over the investigation report by December 2017.

It dismissed aside the concerns of the Chief of Army Staff that FIRs cannot be warranted against the officers while engaged in a counter insurgency situation and pronounced that any allegation of use of excessive force or retaliatory force by uniformed personnel resulting in the death of any person necessitates a through inquiry into the incident.

The court observed that the 1528 cases submitted by EEVFAM cannot be investigated in totality as the documentation was inadequate but the petitioning body has been directed to complete the documentation.

However, the counsel of the petitioner has been able to gather information regarding 655 deaths.

“We do not think it appropriate to pass any direction for the time being in regard to the cases concerning written complaints, oral complaints, cases with eye-witness accounts and family related cases. It is not that every single allegation must be inquired into. It must be remembered that we are not dealing with individual cases but a systematic or institutional response related to constitutional criminal law,” the court observed.

The Supreme Court broke down the cases which can be probed as 34 deaths investigated by commissions of inquiry, 32 deaths considered by judicial inquiries and high court, 20 deaths inquired by the National Human Rights Commission and seven inquiry cases by justice Santosh Hegde commission. In total, the CBI led investigation team has to probe into 83 fake encounter cases.

The court left out the cases of Thangjam Manorama and some others on grounds that the issues are still pending at the Supreme Court. Some infamous cases which the court ordered the investigation are the June 18 killing in which 11 persons were mowed down by the CRPF while trying to storm the CM bungalow.

The Malom massacre in 2002 in which Assam Rifles killed 10 persons. Out of the 83 cases, Manipur police involvement is in 19 cases.

Read more / Original news source: http://www.ifp.co.in/item/1890-sc-orders-probe-into-83-cases-of-fake-encounters

391 pilgrims selected for Haj tour

391 pilgrims selected for Haj tour

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 14

Altogether 391 pilgrims have been selected for this year’s Haj tour which is the largest number of pilgrims selected in the history of Manipur. Parliamentary secretary of MOBC and commerce industry, Ashab Uddin inaugurated three days training programme of pilgrims for Haj-2017.

The inauguration programme held today at Old High Court complex, North AOC which was organised by Manipur State Haj Committee, Imphal.

Addressing the inauguration function, executive officer, Haj committee, Md. Salaudin Khan said the training programme is meant for the pilgrims to give awareness and train them for the tour.

During the training scholars will teach the pilgrims on how to eat, dress codes for the tour, how to handle a situation in the crowd, and many others.

Disaster management team will give training on safety information with demonstration, flight safety information which will be guided by Jet airways and guidelines for Haj travelling will teach during the training programme, he added.

The pilgrims for entire North East will start the tour from Guwahati on July 24 to 30. The exact date for the tour is not decided yet due to the incomplete issue of visa by ministry of external affairs. But as the issue of visa is done, the exact date of departure for Haj will be announce to the pilgrims, Salaudin said.

The pilgrim will stay at Mecca, Saudi Arabia for 35 days and they will also visit the holiest place in the area.

He further said, in Islam there are five basic duties which Muslims must perform. They are known as the five pillars of Islam (Arkanul Islam). These are: Shahadah, the establishment of prayer (Salah), the payment of Zakah (paying the poor due), the Haj (pilgrimage to Mecca) and Sawm Ramadan (fasting the month of Ramadan). The five duties should perform by each Muslim.

And before tour free medical health checked up will be done by public hospital and research institute including vaccination of the pilgrims in order to protect them from any kind of communicable diseases, Salaudin added.

391 pilgrims selected for Haj tour

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 14

Altogether 391 pilgrims have been selected for this year’s Haj tour which is the largest number of pilgrims selected in the history of Manipur. Parliamentary secretary of MOBC and commerce industry, Ashab Uddin inaugurated three days training programme of pilgrims for Haj-2017.

The inauguration programme held today at Old High Court complex, North AOC which was organised by Manipur State Haj Committee, Imphal.

Addressing the inauguration function, executive officer, Haj committee, Md. Salaudin Khan said the training programme is meant for the pilgrims to give awareness and train them for the tour.

During the training scholars will teach the pilgrims on how to eat, dress codes for the tour, how to handle a situation in the crowd, and many others.

Disaster management team will give training on safety information with demonstration, flight safety information which will be guided by Jet airways and guidelines for Haj travelling will teach during the training programme, he added.

The pilgrims for entire North East will start the tour from Guwahati on July 24 to 30. The exact date for the tour is not decided yet due to the incomplete issue of visa by ministry of external affairs. But as the issue of visa is done, the exact date of departure for Haj will be announce to the pilgrims, Salaudin said.

The pilgrim will stay at Mecca, Saudi Arabia for 35 days and they will also visit the holiest place in the area.

He further said, in Islam there are five basic duties which Muslims must perform. They are known as the five pillars of Islam (Arkanul Islam). These are: Shahadah, the establishment of prayer (Salah), the payment of Zakah (paying the poor due), the Haj (pilgrimage to Mecca) and Sawm Ramadan (fasting the month of Ramadan). The five duties should perform by each Muslim.

And before tour free medical health checked up will be done by public hospital and research institute including vaccination of the pilgrims in order to protect them from any kind of communicable diseases, Salaudin added.

Read more / Original news source: http://www.ifp.co.in/item/1881-391-pilgrims-selected-for-haj-tour