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Panel seeks arson report

Imphal, Sept. 7: The Manipur Human Rights Commission has recently registered a case in connection with the setting on fire a retired armyman’s house in Heirok of Thoubal district by seven persons.

It asked the director-general of police, Yumnam Joykumar Singh, to submit an inquiry report by September 25.

On August 13, a day after his house was set on fire, Moirangthem Pobitra, alias Bamon Singh, 56, lodged a complaint with Thoubal police station.

The complaint listed the names of the seven accused. They accused Pobitra’s family of maintaining good rapport with the Assam Rifles.

The commission registered the case on Tuesday after Pobitra lodged a complaint alleging that police had failed to take any action against the seven accused.

On Tuesday, it issued the directive to Joykumar Singh asking him to submit the inquiry report. The incident took place while Pobitra was away at an Imphal hospital attending to his sick wife. The fire destroyed property worth Rs 8 lakh.

The accused also felled 2,000 trees and made off with the booty. Pobitra’s son Dhanvir Singh, is in the army and currently on leave.

Stating that the family had no home to stay after the house was torched, the petition urged the commission to inquiry into the incident and deliver justice.

Sources said the house was set ablaze following the arrest of Ningthoujam Basu Singh, 34, from Heirok by the police and the Assam Rifles on August 8 for his alleged links with the militants.

He, however, secured bail on August 12. The family said Basu had accused its members of having a hand in his arrest.

Pobitra, however, strongly refuted the allegations.

The family today told the media that they had left the village and at present staying with relatives.

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