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Victimís family moves court

- Punishment plea by Manipur kin against two army officers

Imphal, April 27: The family of one of the three victims of alleged extra-judicial killings by army personnel has moved Manipur High Court for action against vice-chief of army Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag and Col. Govindan Shreekumar.

The petition filed by Phijam Manikumar Singh, brother of Phijam Naobi, one of the victims, in the high court yesterday prayed for direction to the Chief of the Army Staff to produce Dalbir Singh andGovindan in criminal courts for their role in alleged abduction and extra-judicial killings of three Manipuri boys.

The family moved the high court after police investigation failed to come to a logical conclusion.

The petition also sought a direction to the defence ministry and the Chief of the Army Staff to arrest the two army officers immediately.

The case relates to disappearance of three Manipuri boys ó Naobi, R.K. Roshan, also known as Ronald, and Thounaojam Prem, also known as Romen ó from Dimapur in 2010.

According to a complaint lodged at Dimapur police station by relatives of the three boys, army personnel from 3 Corps, Rangapahar, had abducted the three from Char Mile of Dimapur on March 10, 2010. The bodies were recovered from a river at Lakhijan under Bokajan police station of Assam on March 17.

At that time Lt Gen. Dalbir Singh was GOC (general-officer-commanding) of 3 Corps and Col. Govindan, the commanding officer of its intelligence unit.

The petition cited two letters written in March, 2010 and January, 2012 by Major T. Ravi Kumar ó who was then the second-in-command of the intelligence unit ó to the Eastern Command with copies to army chief and GOC 3 Corps, complaining about abduction and killing of three Manipuri boys by some army personnel behind a unit mess inside 3 Corps to argue that the three were killed by the army after abduction.

The petition said the contents of Maj. Raviís letters made it clear that Col. Govindan was behind the killings assisted by two other army officers.

Though directed by the army headquarters to hold a proper inquiry into the case, Lt Gen. Dalbir Singh ordered a flimsy probe which had no legal sanctity and could never be sufficient to establish the truth.

The petition termed the incident as a heinous case of abduction, torture and murder. It also said the 3 Corps refused to cooperate with Dimapur police in investigating the case. The petition charged that the abductions and killings were committed by army personnel of the intelligence unit of 3 Corp with the complicity of Col. Govindan and Lt Gen. Dalbir Singh.


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