Tuesday, August 9, 2022

MHRC recommends compensation for atrocities by police

Correspondent

Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has ordered Manipur government to pay a compensation of Rs 50,00 each to two persons arrested and detained for human rights violations by state police. While passing the order, MHRC recommended that the state government pay the compensation as `immediate interim relief’ to two victims of atrocities perpetrated by state police.
Addressing a press conference, MHRC acting chairperson Khaidem Mani Singh, said that the arrest and detention of the two persons were not “legally justifiable”.
He said that the commission made the recommendation for awarding the interim reliefs as they felt as if there was a conspiracy in the arrest and detention.
Families of the two persons approached the Commission pleading for justice and ensuring protection of their human rights. During hearings of the two separate pleas, MHRC found the charges levelled against them as baseless and illegal. The state police should pay compensation of Rs 50,000 each to the two persons – Yumkhaibam Bimol Meitei and Leishram Herojit – as it amounts to violation of their rights, the acting chairperson said.
Bimol was arrested by the state police as an overground worker of proscribed Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) as per the FIR case registered against him by the Lilong police station of Thoubal district. A petition filed by the daughter of Bimol stated that her father was arrested for attending an election rally for Th Brinda Devi (Cop turned politician), who contested the recently held 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election from Yaiskul Assembly Constituency. While hearing the petition, the MHRC also conducted an independent inquiry into the charges leveled against Bimol and after an analysis to the facts and circumstances of the case, the commission opined that the arrest and detention of Yumkham Bimol was not legally justifiable, the acting chairperson said.
“The arrest of Yumkhaibam Bimol Meitei was not at all essential only on the ground of being overground worker of KYKL, a banned organization without prima facie evidence of nexus with the banned organization and also having no connection with any unlawful activities,” the order of the commission also stated. Since his human rights have been violated, the Commission was of the opinion that appropriate interim compensation under section 18 (C) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 should be paid to the victim, it added.
In another similar case, the commission observed that the arrest and detention of Leishram Herojit, secretary of Coalition Against Drugs Abuse (CADA), Thoubal district committee by the police was also illegal.
Herojit was arrested by a team of Thoubal district police on the charge of being an overground member of the proscribed UNLF recently. However, in the petition filed to the commission, it was stated that Herojit was arrested for organizing a protest against the court’s acquittal of Lukhosei Zou from a drug haul case.
The acting chairperson observed that Herojit was arrested and detained by the police without due process of law for organizing a sit-in-protest at Heirok Part II in Thoubal against the acquittal of Lukhosei Zou in a drug haul case.
“During the course of inquiry in the given facts and circumstances of the case, this commission is of the opinion that the arrest and detention of the said Laishram Herojit aka Shintha by the police is not legally justifiable,” the commission stated in the order.
“His arrest was not at all essential only on the ground of being an overground worker of UNLF, a banned organization, without any prima facie evidence of alleged nexus with the said banned organization”, the MHRC stated.
The commission directed the state government to pay a compensation amount of Rs 50,000 to Laishram Herojit within one month as interim compensation, the acting chairperson added.

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