CPI for judicial probe in Abdul Gaffar case

IMPHAL, 24th Dec: Decrying the custodial death of Abdul Gaffar on December 20, Communist Party of India (CPI) Manipur State Council has demanded the government to constitute a judicial enquiry committee led by a retired judge instead of magisterial enquiry and demanded immediate arrest of Assam Rifles personnel involved in the case. In a statement, CPI state secretary L Sotinkumar stated that suspension of five Thoubal police commandos, grant of ex-gratia and job to next of kin of the victim, seeking permission to arrest involved AR personnel and ordering magisterial enquiry in connection with the custodial death of Gaffar would not be able to console the family members and the JAC. Therefore, the government should constitute a judicial enquiry committee headed by a retired judge and all the AR personnel involved in the crime and responsible for bringing the dead body to JNIMS morgue should be punished. Meanwhile, All Meetei-Pangal Students’ Union of Manipur urged the community to offer prayer on December 28 at their nearest Masjids (Mosques) so that the departed soul of Md Abdul Gaffar rest in peace.

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