5 cops suspended, AR asked to give in

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 21st Dec: The state government has suspended five police personnel and asked the Assam Rifles personnel to surrender for their involvement in the death of Md Abdul Gaffar of Lilong Usoipokpi Makha Tharaorok, said chief minister N Biren during the last day of the state assembly session while responding to a calling attention motion moved by opposition member Kh Joykisan on Friday.
Referring to the controversial death of Gaffar, who was arrested by a combined force from his house but turned up dead at JNIMS casualty ward, Biren said that the actions were taken up based on prima facie report, which suggests custodial death of the victim. FIR has been lodged against the five police personnel and AR personnel involved in the crime. Since Assam Rifles is under the home ministry, the state government has no power to take up direct actions against them and as such, the home ministry has been asked to ensure surrender of the AR personnel on Thursday, he said.
Informing that a magisterial enquiry had also been ordered to investigate into the case so that the enquiry process could conclude at the soonest possible, the CM told the House that all those involved in the incident will be booked under the law.
The assurance to provide suitable government job to the next kin of the victim was made on humanity ground considering the fate of the surviving small children of the victim. Irrespective of the victim’s involvement with UG groups or not, the government took the decision to compensate as the incident is an apparent case of custodial death.
Raising the motion, MLA Joykisan enquired if the government concedes its wrongdoing and if the victim died in the custody or Assam Rifles or state police. He further enquired if the government would be providing compensation and government jobs to the families of every victim of custodial death. He also enquired if suspending the five police personnel will be enough to deliver justice to the victim’s family.
As reported, Gaffer's widow contended that a team of police commandos and personnel of 26 Assam Rifles barged into their house in early hours of Thousday and dragged away her husband without any explanation. Around 10.30 am Thursday, she was informed of his death.
Soon after, the news spread and people blocked vehicular traffic in Thoubal district, where the family stayed. They also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister demanding, among others, a judicial enquiry and booking of the accused.
The CM assured the protesters that the cops would be suspended and other demands, including compensation and government job to the family and a magisterial inquiry, would be conceded.


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