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JAC denies support to probe for July 23 shootout
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 28:
Published on 28 Aug. 2009 11:41 PM IST
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The local Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed in connection with the killing of Ch Sanjit on July 23 “fake encounter” has denied support to the judicial inquiry which was ordered by Manipur government on Friday. The JAC reaffirmed to continue with the agitation demanding resignation of chief minister, O Ibobi and a criminal trial to the police commandos involved in the incident. The public meeting held at Khurai Tinsid Road on Friday discussed the latest steps taken up by the state government. Many speakers expressed doubt of a hidden policy behind the delay in the institution of the judicial inquiry commission. A social activist speaking in the meeting said that a judicial enquiry will not give any justice to the people as government will not translate it into action citing instances of earlier judicial enquiries. Finally, the meeting resolved not to extend any kind of support to the judicial inquiry and remain away from it. It further resolved to extend support to all forms of agitation spearheaded by the Apuna Lup and the civil disobedience movement including boycott of chief minister, O Ibobi, abstain from paying government tax, banning of government vehicles, closure of government offices and boycotting of ministers and MLAs supporting Ibobi. Twenty-two days after the Manipur chief minister, O Ibobi announced judicial probe into the 23 July “fake encounter” where a pregnant woman and a former militant were killed apart from injuring five others, state home department issued an order instituting the inquiry commission. The delay in the institution of the inquiry was due to Guwahati High Court refusal to spare a sitting judge for heading the judicial enquiry. The order for institution of the judicial inquiry was issued by the additional home secretary, M Yaiskul. “To find out fact and circumstance leading to the death of Thokchom Rabina of Taothong Lamshang (Imphal west) and Chungkham Sanjit of Khurai Sajor Leikai and injuring five others during the shooting incident at BT road involving Manipur police commandos,” the order stated. The commission will submit its report within two months time with recommendation for prevention of reoccurrence of such incidents in future.

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