COHR decries custodial death of Gaffar

IMPHAL, 22nd Dec: Committee on Human Rights (COHR), Manipur has strongly decried the custodial death of Md Abdul Gaffar after his arrest on December 20 by a combined team of 26 Assam Rifles and Thoubal police commandos.
Issuing a statement in this regard, COHR secretary Okram Nutankumar Singh extended support to the JAC formed against the custodial death of Md Abdul Gaffar of Ushoipokpi Makha Tharok Leikai in demanding arrest of all the police personnel and Assam Rifles personnel who were involved in crime and in ensuring justice to the victim.
He also opined that due to the failure on the part of successive governments in awarding punishment to security forces in the past, such crimes are recurring.
The committee also appealed to the JAC and family members not to compromise the latest case of excesses committed by the security forces with ex-gratia or job to kin of the victim. Noting that similar deals of appeasement and financial gains were struck between aggrieved parties and the government in the past but security forces continued to target innocent civilians, the committee stressed to ensure award of befitting punishment to all security personnel the people need to extend all possible cooperation in the proper investigation by authority concerned instead of exchanging precious lives with some material gains. The committee also reminded that because of fake encounter and extra judicial killings, a total of 1528 cases against security forces and state police have been filed in Supreme Court and a SIT team of CBI has been investigating the cases. Even security personnel where were previously involved in such crimes have become whistle blowers, reminded the statement.

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