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Public keep off Imphal encounter inquiry commission

Iboyaima Laithangbam

IMPHAL: No member of the public including family members of the victims — two dead and five injured — of the July 23 “fake encounter” in Imphal submitted any affidavit by September 21, deadline fixed by the G.P. Agarwal Judicial Inquiry Commission. The Commission was instituted at the instance of the Union Home Ministry.

Justice (Retd.) Agarwal, who was here on Monday, said the last date was now extended to October 8 and fixed the next hearing for October 9.

The public refrained from submitting any affidavit in response to the appeal by the Apunba Lup, apex body of all voluntary organisations in Manipur, which says there were 12 photographs establishing the encounter as “fake” and hence there is no need for another inquiry. It says the government should prosecute the police commandos responsible for killing the innocents.

The organisation has been spearheading the agitation since July 24. Four of its members were detained under the National Security Act and some others were also arrested.

Meanwhile, the police have again clamped an indefinite curfew as the Apunba Lup planned to organise a torchlight procession, converging at the Chief Minister’s residence here.

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