House passes bill on mob violence, lifer for convict

IMPHAL, 21st Dec: The Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Bill, 2018 was unanimously passed on the last day of the 6th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Friday.
Once enacted, persons convicted in mob violence case that resulted in death of victims will get life sentence under the Act.
As per the bill, convict in mob violence that resulted in causing injuries to the victims will get jail term of up to 7 years payment of Rs 1 lakh fine to injured victims; jail term of up to 10 years and Rs 3 lakh fine if the victim is seriously injured; and life sentence with Rs 5 lakh fine if the victim dies. Those involved in conspiring the mob violence incident will also get the same penalty under the Act.
The bill further mentions that any person, who interferes in the arrest of the accused or in delivering justice, will get jail term of up to five years including fine. Any person who threatens witnesses or prevent witnesses from appearing before the court or vandalise properties of witness will get jail term of up to five years including fine.
Those circulating media reports or other materials through any means with the intent of causing mob violence will get jail term of 1 to 3 years with a fine of Rs 50,000. Damaging properties through mob violence will also attract jail term of upto 3 years along with compensation amount of twice the damage property values.
If a government constituted commission is of the opinion that the mob violence had been indeed instigated during its enquiry, all the households of the locality where the incident occurred will be made to pay fine if they try to destroy evidences or refuse to help the commission. Any person giving false information leading to search operation and wrongful arrest or detention of innocent persons will get jail term of up to two years along with fine of Rs 50,000. Any person, who refuses to answer questions by authority despite knowing the truth and refuses to sign statement or fails to appear before the court in time, will also be made to pay penalty.
Police officials, who fail to take up timely action or fail to prevent mob violence and if unable to present proper reason, will also get jail term of one to three years along with a fine of Rs 50,000.
Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 will be automatically applied to any case registered under the Act. Offences under the Act will be treated as cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable and Section 196 and 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure cannot be applied to any such cases. Accused of such crimes need not be sanctioned under the Procedure and special judge appointed under the Act will conduct the trial.
As for relief and rehabilitation, the state government will include a sub-section in the Code of Criminal Procedure as section 357A with the title Mob Violence or Lynching Victim Compensation Scheme. Compensation will be provided to the victim within 30 days under the scheme. Any victim of mob violence, who has been displaced due to the incident, will get immediate assistance from the government.
Later, the House also passed ‘The Manipur Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018, which was introduced by chief minister N Biren.

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