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Published on 26 Sep. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Nine police personnel who were chargesheeted by CBI in the July 23, 2009 Khwairamband Bazar shootout surrendered Saturday in the court of chief judicial magistrate Imphal, two days ahead of expiry of deadline given to them to surrender. Earlier, the CBI on September 10 submitted a chargesheet against nine Imphal west police commando personnel involved in the ‘fake encounter’ in which Chungkham Sanjit, a former militant was killed. They were booked under appropriate sections of the law. However, two days ahead of the expiry of the deadline, all the nine personnel including officer-in-charge of city police station, Imphal, Inspector Y Munal surrendered before the court amidst tight security. Civil police personnel who were on duty were not informed of matter till they were deployed at the court complex.
Besides the OC Imphal city police station, Inspector Y Munal and OC of bazar unit, Imphal west police Commando, Inspector Hijam Debendra, others who have been chargesheeted by the CBI included constable Thounaojam Herojit, rifleman Ngangom Toyaima of 8th MR, constable Wahengbam Bioykumar, havildar Thokchom Jagat of 8th MR, rifleman Md Imran Khan of 5th IRB, head constable Oinam Kishore and constable Makon Kanchung Chothe.
Except OC Imphal city police station, the rest eight were already suspended during the initial stage of inquiry conducted by a one-man commission headed by Justice (rtd) PG Agarwal. Inspector Munal was suspended later when CBI named him in the chargesheet.
CBI in the chargesheets charged the city police OC of trying to eliminate evidences of the incident.
It maybe mentioned that constable Herojit shot dead Chungkham Sanjit on orders from inspector Debendra, OC of the bazar unit of Imphal west district Commandos.
Head constable Herojit deposed before the CBI that before Sanjit was shot dead, he received a wireless message from Mike-68 (Cdo Bazar unit control room) that two unknown youth, one wearing blue jean trouser with a black shirt and the other wearing black jean trouser with a red shirt had entered the bazar area at 9.55 a.m. He further told the investigating agency that two commando personnel, Toyaima and Kaiminthang Baite on mobile bike duty no. 22 from Hao Bazar to BT road intercepted a youth wearing a blue coloured jean trousers and a red shirt at 10.30 am.
When they tried to conduct a check, Toyaima grabbed him as the youth attempted to escape. He flashed out a pistol and fired at them before running towards the eastern side, the constable said.
In the firing by the youth, a young housewife later identified as Thokchom Rabina died and five other people were injured, he said. The commandos chased the youth running towards BT road and vanished after entering the crowded market place of Khwairamband Bazar. Later, with reinforcements a manhunt was conducted at Gambir Singh Arcade shopping complex to nab the youth, the constable added.

 
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