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SC order hope for victim’s kin

Imphal, Jan. 5: Khumbongmayum Imo Singh and his wife Lata Devi had lost all hope of getting justice for their son, who was allegedly shot dead around three years ago by a police team, till the Supreme Court gave them something to cling on to.

The apex court yesterday constituted a three-member commission to probe the first five of the 1,528 alleged extra-judicial killings listed in a petition filed by the Extra-judicial Execution Victim Families Association Manipur and Human Rights Alert, Imphal, giving the families of the victims a ray of hope.

“The news is a pleasant surprise. We never expected that the Supreme Court would intervene in our son’s case. We had given up all hope of justice. We are now hoping that justice would finally be delivered,” Lata Devi said today.

A police commando team had allegedly picked up their son, Orsonjit, 19, a fuel supplier and resident of Jailor Leirak locality in the city, from Mahatma Gandhi Avenue here on March 16, 2010, when he had gone out of his house to get his scooter repaired.

Someone informed his parents about the arrest and despite enquiring at different police stations they could not trace their son. They learned that he had been killed “in an encounter with the police on the city outskirts” through a local TV news bulletin that evening and found the body the next day in the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences mortuary.

The family had given up hope of justice after a magisterial inquiry ordered by the state government into the case came up with nothing.

They do not want any compensation for their son’s death. “We want a memorial stone in his name with an inscription that Orsonjit was killed by the police,” Imo Singh said.

CBI probe

The state government has decided to hand over to the CBI the case of abduction and killing of Shankar Lal Swami, manager of Mangalam Plywood Industries Pvt Ltd, in view of the involvement of two IRB personnel, deputy chief minister Gaikhangam said today.

Swami was abducted from inside Kangla Fort here on January 2 and was found dead at a fish farm in Imphal West the next day.

Four persons, including two IRB personnel, have been arrested in this connection.

The kidnappers had demanded Rs 1 crore from Swami’s family as ransom.