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IMPHAL | Aug 1 : Despite claims to the contrary, documentary evidence has now surfaced to indicate the Army did kill three Manipuri youth in custody in Dimapur in 2010.
Photocopies of a confidential citation letter to a former Brigadier General Staff of 3-Corp CISU, recommending gallantry award for a lady officer for her part in the elimination of the three, were distributed to media persons by former member of the Manipur State Human Rights Commission, Yambem Laba today in a press conference at the Jupiter Yambem Centre, Paona Bazar.
The letter is signed by the then commanding officer of the 3-Corps Intelligent and Surveillance Unit (CISU), Col. G. Shreekumar and clearly recommends, Rubina Kaur Keer be awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) for her part in bursting a “terrorist ring”, and then apprehending and eliminating R.K. Roshan, Thounaojam Prem and Th. Naobi in 2010.
Laba who is also an advisor of Kangleipak Kanba Lup (KKL) said that the army initially denied the killing of the three youths when an FIR was lodged by a brother of the deceased at Nagaland police, for which the matter is still pending in Guwahati High Court and further ordered for reinvestigation.
On March 2010, for the first time one Maj. T. Ravi Kiran had revealed to his superior that the three youth were abducted by a team of 3-CISU and were killed after several torture behind the mess of the unit but the complaint was swept under the carpet, Laba who has been closely following and writing on the case said.
He said in September 2016, Lt. Col. Dharamvir Singh wrote to his superior about the killing and activities of fake encounter and extortion by CISU, however his superior had mounted pressure on him and was made to withdraw the complaint letter.
It may be recalled, on July 1, Dharambir was arrested by army authority, probably fearful that the matter would become public. The officer was subsequently released as per the directive of the High Court of Manipur following the petitions filed by his wife.
In the affidavit submitted by Dharamvir to the High Court in connection with the petition filed by his wife, the officer in no uncertain terms named the CISU was behind the killing of the three Manipuri Youth in Dimapur between March 15 and 19, 2010.
Contents of the affidavit was published in quite some details by the Imphal Free Press in its July 30 edition.
The affidavit also named the same unit as responsible for the killing of PLA leader, G. Jiteshwar alias G.M. Changou alias Gypsy.
It also detailed how Thangjam Satish, a student of St. Dominic College and another friend of his, were also killed after being abducted from Shillong.
Laba further added that former Maj. Nector, now a colonel, and currently the commandant of 12 Assam Rifle, Tengnoupal was also involved in the cold blooded murder of the three Manipuri youths.
Former Brigadier General Staff of 3-Corps, Abhay Kumar, who is now the GOC Eastern Command Lieutenant General, had also acknowledged the killings since 2010, he added.
“It is uncertain whether the Supreme Court will take cognizance of those cold blooded killings on a suo-motu basis, including the ongoing investigation on the custodial killing of 1528 Manipuris at the hands of army and state police,” said Laba.~IFP