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M’pur DGP flayed for issuing ‘false statement’
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 18:
Published on 18 Mar. 2011 11:35 PM IST
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The Committee on Privileges & Ethics of Manipur Assembly Friday criticized the statement furnished by Manipur DGP regarding the assault of three staff of Assembly Secretariat by police personnel recently.
The committee, in its report on the incident tabled in the House today, alleged that the DGP has failed to use “decent language” and served a stern warning not to repeat such “erroneous act” in future. On March 9, police personnel on duty at Khoyathong road physically assaulted thee employees of the Assembly Secretariat who were returning to their office after dispatching a letter to the joint secretary of Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) in relation with the Budget session 2011.
Opposition members raised the matter in the House the following day and charged the police action as tantamount to hurt the privilege of the Assembly, demanded action against the erring personnel. The Speaker admitted the opposition demand, which was moved as ‘point of order’ and referred the matter to the Committee on Privileges & Ethics for examination and presentation of a report in the House during the current session.
Committee examined the question of breach of privilege and contempt of the House as raised by the opposition members. During the course of examination, they summoned the police personnel involved in the incident and also wrote a letter to DGP to furnish a written statement in relation with the said incident.
During the course of examination, the Committee found that the written statement of the DGP was contradicted with oral statements given by the personnel who appeared before the Committee. In his statement, DGP alleged that the Assembly employee driving the vehicle drove straight towards a constable “with a clear intention of running over him.” Committee summoned the OC of Lamphel PS, who in contrary to DGP’s statement, said the driver had applied brakes to stop the vehicle. Coupled with this, both the reports of the constable in question and that maintained in the general diary of City PS, also contradicted the DGP’s statement.
Committee concluded that DGP prepared the statement without taking the account of the police personnel involved in the incident.
“The Committee was unhappy with the said written statement of the DGP that it has not only failed to use decent language but also failed to mention any prayer on behalf of the police personnel involved to condone their alleged misdeed. Instead, the said written statement was prepared with false allegations against the three employees of the Assembly secretariat,” the report said.
However, the Committee recommended that no further action be taken up against the police personnel by the House as the OC, on behalf of the constable, offered apology. It further recommended closure on the case.

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