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Fake encounter in Manipur

(1) Chongkham Sanjit, 27, is seen standing in a PCO with the Manipur Police Commandos adjacent to a pharmacy (marked by an arrow) in Imphal on July 23 (2) Sanjit is seen calmly walking away with the heavily armed commandos. (3) Sanjit is dragged by the commandos into the pharmacy. He has been surrounded by commandos for several minutes and is obviously unarmed (4) The body of Rabina Devi, a pregnant bystander. She was killed a few metres away in the police firing when they chased a fleeing youth.
Dimapur, Aug 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Aug. 2009 12:22 AM IST
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A picture is worth a thousand words, goes a saying and that is what the photos reveal over the killing of a youth, a former member of the proscribed People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The victim, Chongkham Sanjit as was standing near a PCO while a group of Manipur’s Rapid Action Force (RAC) formerly known as Manipur Police commandos were standing near a pharmacy. Eyewitnesses claimed Sanjit was frisked by the Police RAC then taken inside the pharmacy. Several minutes later, Sanjib’s dead body was brought out of the pharmacy. During the period, Manipur Police indiscriminately fired and killed another pregnant woman (Rabine Devi) while firing at another youth was running away to avoid frisking. The Police reportedly produced one 9 mm Mauser pistol which was supposedly the gun thrown away by the youth who was ran away. Later the Police claimed that the youth who tried to escape, was shot dead and tied their story with the body of Sanjib. However the sequences of the photos suggest, Sanjib cooperated with while being frisked and neither did he resist while being taken inside the pharmacy. The victim’s family claimed that Sanjib, after surrender in 2000, had been reporting to the court as required but it was lifted, thus making him a free man. The victim was employed as an attendant in a private hospital. The family claimed that on July 23, Sanjib had gone to buy medicines for his uncle who was admitted to the JN Hospital. The pictures and story appeared on the July 31 issue of The Tehelka magazine and forwarded by human rights activist Madhu Chanda from New Delhi.

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