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Seven police commandos charge-sheeted by CBI

IMPHAL | Aug 9 : Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday submitted charge-sheet against seven personnel of Imphal West district Police commandos including before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal West.

The charge-sheet was submitted in connection killing of 26 years old Md. Zamir Khan, son of Md. Fajurahaman of Heikrumakhong Khumidok, who was allegedly killed by a team of Imphal West District Police commandos in an encounter on the intervening night of January 20-21, 2012 at Kiyamgei Shantipur Loukonin an encounter.

The SIT after investigation into the case registered two separate cases (under RC- 10(S)2017/CBI/SC-III New Delhi and RC- 10(S)2018/CBI/DST/STF, New Delhi) and charge sheeted against the seven personnel of Imphal West District Police commandos including the then SI, Potsangbam Tarunkumar Singh of Haobam Marak Ngangom Leikai, SI. Potsangbam Maniratan Singh of Haobam Marak Lai Khullembi Manak, constable Yengkhom Keshorjit Singh of Awang Leikinthabi Makha Leikai, constable Elangbam Abung Singh of Langthabal Phuramakhong Nambul Mapal, constable Chabungbam Sanachaoba Victor of Langjing Achouba Maning Leikai, constable Khulak Joseph Maring of Narum Village, Chandel district and constable Md. Islauddin of Kiyamgei Makha Leikai.

According to the FIR taken up by the Irilbung PS, the deceased Md. Zamir Khan was killed in an encounter with the police commando team who were conducting frisking and checking along the IVR of Kiyamgei Shantipur Loukon based on reliable information.

The FIR also alleged that, armed miscreants were trying to attack the residence of Congress candidate of Keirao Assembly Constituency during the election period of 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly during 2012.

A 9.mm pistol along with three live rounds and 3 nos. of PEK (explosives) along with two detonators were found from the possession of deceased Md. Zamir Khan after the encounter, it said.

However, family members then claimed, Zamir Khan, was missing since the morning of January 20, 2012 when he left his house to assist his father who was opening a dental Clinic at Leima Shoping Complex Paona Bazar, Imphal. Subsequently, the family also registered a missing report to the concerned police station.

As per SIT findings the number of PEK found at the place of occurrence and the time of recovery by the then ASI, who prepared the inquest report and whereas all found members of police bomb experts who diffused the said bombs have unanimously stated during their examination that there were 5 nos. of PEK, 2 nos. of Electric detonators at the scene of crime.

The investigation also further revealed that the inquest over the dead body of deceased Zmir Khan was conducted by showing it as unknown body even though the identification of dead body was already known to many persons, who had visited the place of occurrence including the police personnel involved and also the then OC of Irilbung PS.

The IO of the case himself knew about the missing of Md. Zamir Khan, however, he did not take pain to establish the identity of the deceased, further charged the SIT report.

The reported further charged the police of fabricating the evidence and diverting the investigation to screen from the offence of fake encounter and prayed the court to take cognizance of the offence be taken and issued for offence punishable u/s 120-B r/w 302 of IPC against the personnel listed in the charge sheet.

~IFP

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