Gallantry awardee SI among 6 cops framed charges

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 11th Sep: Sessions Judge Imphal East has framed charges against six police personnel including a Sub-Inspector (SI), who was honoured with Gallantry Award for exhibiting exceptional valour in counter insurgency operation, in connection with an alleged fake encounter case taken up by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
A team of Imphal West district commando had reportedly killed one Md Jamir Khan in an alleged fake encounter at Kyamgei Santipur on the intervening night of January 20 and 21, 2012. The case was handed over to the CBI for investigation and hearing of the case has been going on in the court.
During the case hearing conducted on Wednesday, special public prosecutor of the CBI stated that Md Jamir Khan was assisting a dental clinic run by his father for over two years and since not a single bullet fired by the deceased was found, GRS stock of the pistol claimed to have been recovered from the deceased was handed over to the forensic experts for matching.
He asked as to why police failed to recover bullets fired by Md Jamir Khan although a grenade pin was recovered from the deceased. The special public prosecutor also asked why the damage was not caused to a Mahindra Rakshak jeep used by the commando team and not a single commando personnel sustained injuries in the explosion of a hand grenade as claimed by police.
Stating that SI Potsangbam Tarunkumar, who led the commando team was honoured with Gallantry Award by President of the country and his younger brother SI Maniratan who has been terminated from the service was also awarded police medals, he alleged that the two brothers in collusion with other police personnel killed Md Jamir Khan to earn Gallantry Award and prayed before the court to frame charges against all the police personnel involved in the killing.
On the other hand, the defence counsel contended that Md Jamir Khan was an active member of the proscribed People’s United Liberation Front (PULF) and he fired bullets and lobbed a hand grenade towards the commando team but got killed in retaliatory firing. Claiming that a grenade pin, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a pistol were recovered from the deceased, the counsel argued that no solid evidences have been gathered to frame charges against the police personnel.
After going through the charge sheet submitted by the CBI, the court ruled that the commando team committed the act beyond their jurisdiction and also framed charges against the Investigation Officer (IO) of the case under IPC Section 201 for failing to take pictures of the crime scene, statement of the witnesses and samples related to the case.


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