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Manipur HRC castigates govt over July 23 probe
Correspondent IMPHAL, OCT 8:
Published on 8 Oct. 2009 10:54 PM IST
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Manipur Human Rights Commission Thursday denounced the advice of the Manipur government to stop further proceeding of independent inquiry conducted by the commission with regard to July 23 broad daylight shooting incident. Manipur government in intimation to the MHRC on Wednesday asked to stop the proceeding of inquiry into the incident stating that there was no need for another parallel inquiry into the incident as the government had already ordered a judicial inquiry into the same incident. The intimation was received by the commission on Wednesday, two days before the summon of SP, Imphal west and two other officers to appear before the Manipur Human Rights and give a statement on the July 23 incident A member of the right commission, RK Rajendra speaking to media persons said that it was unfortunate that the state government and police department was not extending support to the independent inquiry conducted by the commission. The member said that the state government and the police instead of extending co-operation to establish the truth behind the incident were trying to delay the commission on the pretext of institution of judicial inquiry. The commission continued its proceedings even after the government had asked to discontinue the inquiry before and summoned the Imphal west SP, additional SP and officer in-charge of Imphal west police commandos to appear before the commission on Friday. The officers had failed to appear for the previous summons. The Commission will discuss the directives of the Government to wrap up its investigation and if necessary, seek advice from the National Human Rights Commission, said MHRC member Rajendro talking to reporters here. Protests erupted after local media in Manipur reproduced pictures carried by a New Delhi-based web portal, depicting some police commandos surrounding and taking Sanjit into a pharmacy in Imphal and later bringing out his body. Sanjit, a former member of the banned People’s Liberation of Army, had surrendered to the government few years back

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