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Memo on ‘Infamous’ July 23, 2009 shooting incident
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 17:
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Published on 17 May. 2011 11:55 PM IST
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The one-man Commission of Inquiry chaired by Justice (retired) PG Agarwal Tuesday submitted the final inquiry report of July 23, 2009 infamous shooting incident in the heart of Imphal city that killed a pregnant woman, a former militant, and also injured five others.
The presiding officer of the commission, Justice (retired) PG Agarwal, submitted the 80 page inquiry report to the additional secretary (home), M Yaiskul Meitei in a simple function held at Hotel Imphal, North AOC.
After submitting the report, Agarwal said the commission took one and half year to inquire into the shooting incident involving police commandos. He also said the 80 page reports consisted statements of 21 witnesses recorded during the inquiry, PG Agarwal.
The inquiry commission was constituted by an order of the Home Department issued on August 27, 2009, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 (60 of 1952).
The judicial inquiry brought an end to the unabated year long protest witnessed after the New Delhi based Tahelka magazine exposed the shooting incident as “fake encounter” with sequence of photographs of Sanjit was being escorted by police commandos before he was shot dead inside a shop at BT road.
As per the order, the terms of reference of the Commission were to find out facts and circumstances leading to the incident of firing and the death of Thokchom (O) Rabina Devi (23) of Lamsang bazar, Lamdeng Khunou and Chungkham Sanjit (22) of Khurai Sajor Leikai and bullet injury to five others.
No help from the people could be got during the inquiry, said the presiding officer who refused to disclose the findings and recommendations made in the report. However, he added that the Commission came to know that Th Rabina Devi was killed by bullets of the police commandos as the bullet that hit her was an AK bullet. Injuries that were inflicted to the five other persons were also by AK ammunition, he added.
The commission, during its course of Inquiry, sought a copy of the charge sheet, documents and photographs seized by the CBI during the course of investigation into the case to the commission.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is also investigating into incident and they have charge sheeted nine Manipur police commandos. Trial hearing into the case is also going on in the court.

 
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