Organizations for reopening of missing PLA leader case

Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 1: | Publish Date: 8/2/2018 4:13:52 AM IST

Leaders of various right groups and civil society organizations resolved to urge the Gauhati High Court to re-open the case related to the disappearance of the then assistant publicity secretary of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) G. Jiteshwar, alias G.M Changjou, a.k.a Gypsy, who remained untraceable from Dimapur (Nagaland) since August 18, 2011.

This was resolved at the public meeting held in Imphal on Wednesday. 

It was also resolved that they would press the state chief minister to handover the case to the CBI or NIA.

The assistant publicity secretary of PLA has been untraceable since August 18, 2011 after he was allegedly picked up from his rented room in Dimapur. 

However, Lt. Col. Dharamvir of the Indian Army, in an affidavit submitted to the court, said that the PLA leader was killed by the Intelligence team of 3 Corps and his body was buried behind the unit’s mess at Rangapahar cantonment at Dimapur.

In his statement, the Lt. Col. had said that, “On 18 August, PLA leader G Jiteshwar Sharma alias Gypsy along with his innocent friend were picked up from rented room near SM College, Dimapur, killed in cold blood by the same team behind the unit’s Mess and bodies of both were buried behind the unit Mess.” 

His family members in Imphal had filed a writ petition in the Imphal bench of the Gauhati High Court back on September 1 in 2011 seeking the whereabouts of the missing PLA leader.

The family had also filed a habeas corpus at the Gauhati High Court. However, after the Army, paramilitary forces and police authorities in Dimapur denied arresting him, the court closed the case.

Speaking at the meeting, elder brother of missing PLA leader G. Seitabarta Sharma said that the family had tried their best to trace his missing brother, even the local people formed a committee and had met ministers urging that the search be expedited. But, nothing much has happened and Gypsy is still untraceable till date.

“We lodged an FIR in Dimapur seven years back and a habeas corpus was filed at the Gauhati High Court then, we have searched all leads but to no avail,” he said.


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