Man arrested by SFs turned up dead at JNIMS
THOUBAL, 20th Dec: A 40-year old man, who was arrested by a combined force of 26 Assam Rifles and Thoubal police commandos from his house in the wee hours of Thursday, turned up dead in JNIMS casualty ward hardly seven hours after his arrest.
The victim, identified as Md Abdul Gafar Singa alias Sayeed son of Babumacha of Lilong Usoipokpi Makha Tharaorok Machin, was a family man living on the income from running a passenger diesel auto-rickshaw service. He was survived by three sons and two daughters.
According to family members, the combined team of 26 Assam Rifles posted at Thoubal Tomjing and Thoubal Commando kick-opened the door of their house at about 2.30 am Thursday and forcibly took Sayeed at gun point without giving any reason or issuing arrest warrant. At about 9.30 am, they were informed by personnel of Lilong police station that his lifeless body was lying at JNIMS casualty ward.
As soon as the report came, agitated Lilong residents blocked NH 102 (Imphal-Moreh road) while strongly opposing the arbitrary arrest and subsequent ‘custodial death’ of Sayeed. The agitators also vandalised an escort vehicle of Thoubal DC Haobam Rosita.
A public meeting was held at 1.30 pm at Usoipokpi Keithel, during which several persons including UCM information secretary BM Yaima Shah, Nupi Samaj president Th Ramani and CCSK president Jitendra spoke strongly against the alleged security excesses.
A JAC was also formed against the incident and elected Md Abdul Hamid and Md Abdul Quayum as convener and chairman respectively. The JAC also has representatives from Anjuman, RAUCO and other CSOs in Lilong area as its members.
The meet resolved not to arrive at any agreement before the security personnel involved are not booked and an enquiry is initiated. It demanded to book all those involved in the extra-judicial killing within 12 hours, failing which they would intensify the highway blockade and launch other intense agitations. It also resolved to allow free passage to students and teachers related with examinations, media, religious and essential services from the purview of the blockade.
Anjuman Lilong secretary Habibullah Pusham Maulana, while condemning the atrocities of security forces, demanded appropriate punishment of those security personnel involved in the incident.
Meanwhile, the JAC members met chief minister N Biren and submitted a memorandum in the afternoon. During the meeting held at the CM's secretariat, the JAC demanded the government to suspend CDO personnel involved in the incident, initiate a magisterial enquiry, pay ex-gratia to the victim family and a suitable government job to the next of kin
After the meeting, JAC chairman Md Abdul Quayum told media persons that the CM has assured to fulfil their demands and as such it has suspended the highway blockade stir with immediate effect.