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BJP parliamentary team asks Ibobi to resign
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 18:
Published on 18 Aug. 2009 11:34 PM IST
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BJP parliamentary team who arrived in Imphal for two days to take stock of Manipur’s situation in the wake of violence and agitations against the fake encounter demanded the resignation of Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh from his post as demanded by the people. “Chief minister ko jaana hi parega” (chief minister should step down), said spokesperson of the BJP, Prakash Jabeshwor who led the five member Parliamentary team speaking to a gathering at the house of Ch Sanjit, victim of July 23 “fake encounter” at Khurai in Imphal east on Tuesday. Prakash Jabeshwor lamenting on the situation in Manipur said police meant for protecting of people but in Manipur they were terrorizing the people. Stating that it was unfortunate for the people that despite many reports of fake encounters and some cases with hard evidences, the government in Manipur was silent. “We are coming here to show solidarity to the people of the state in raising voice against killing people in fake encounter and demanding justice. We are also sharing to the shocks of the victim families,” Prakash said. The visiting team also assured the people and the agitating groups and family of victims that the party (BJP) will bring up the matter at the floor of the Parliament and efforts will be taken to deliver justice in the case. The BJP also demanded the chief minister to clarify the statement he had given on the floor of the state Assembly with regard to the shooting incident of July 23 without analysis forensic report that the young pregnant housewife and the youth was killed in a firing by militant in a bid to escape from the police commandos. The five member BJP Parliamentary team paid visit to the house of the pregnant Th Rabina who was the victim of the July 23 shooting incident at Lamshang in Imphal west district before meeting the family members of victim Sanjit and agitating womenfolk there. The team later visited Irom Sharmila who has been fasting for the last nearly nine years demanding repeal of the AFSPA Act and former MLA of the state Assembly L Sharat, father of another victim of fake encounter around two months back. The five member BJP Parliamentary team comprised of spokesperson Prakash Jabeshwor, national vice president Bijoy Chatturbedi, BJP Assam state president, Rehman Dekkar, national executive member, Rajen Gohain and BJP north east in charge, Chandrasekhar Rao. Sanjit killed after abduction: Eyewitness A salesman of Maimu Pharmacy, a witness of the July 23 “fake encounter” said he had seen Sanjit being escorted by the police commandos inside the pharmacy before shooting him to death while giving his statement before the enquiry panel of the Manipur Human Rights Commission on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the commission has sent a reminder to the state DGP to submit a detailed report of July 23 incident at the earliest. Member of the rights commission, RK Rajendra talking on the progress of the enquiry conducted by the commission expressed that apart from photographs showing the killing of Ch Sanjit in “fake encounter” by the police commandos, there had eyewitness evidences of the incident. He also said that Sanjit was not killed inside Maimu Pharmacy but inside a watch repairing centre passing through the pharmacy as revealed by the salesman. The rights member further said that in course of enquiry into the incident, the commission has recorded statement of the salesman on Monday. In the statement, the salesman said before Sanjit was killed by the police commandos, they could hear some firing sounds at a nearby area and after few minutes, around 10 police commandos started conducting search from shop to shop at BT road. While conducting the search operation, some police commando personnel escorted a youth inside the watch repairing centre after passing through the pharmacy. No sooner did they enter the shop, some five to six rounds gun shots were heard and later, the dead body of the youth was dragged out from the shop, Rajendra told. The commission is scheduled to conduct the hearing of the case on August 23.

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