Body justifies plea to set innocent persons free

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 22nd Sep: Contending that it is the standard norm in a democratic country to demand for the release of innocent persons and award of befitting punishment to the guilty; Langthabal Kunja Awang Leikai Meira Paibi Welfare Association joint secretary K Madhubala has stated that it is unfortunate that the ‘JAC against the murder of Babysana’ had perceived the statements of the association in a negative way.
Issuing a press release in this regard, Madhubala recalled that the Association along with Kyamgei Maning Leikai Meira Paibi and local clubs had staged a sit-in protest on September 13 demanding the police to speed up the investigation, which has been ongoing for more than two months, award befitting punishment to the guilty and immediate release of any innocent persons who are still in the judicial custody.
None of the statements made during the sit-in were either in support of or against anyone, but only urged for speedy investigation, the secretary asserted. On hearing that a student had died in the school, the local Meira Paibi members went to enquire about the incident and found the student’s parents, two uncles and aunts already arrived there. The Meira Paibi members also helped one of the aunts who had fallen into a trance. Three days later, the Meira Paibi members visited the family but were received with harsh words. An elderly woman who was present during the visit claimed that it was the third time a student had died at the school. The Meira Paibi said that they were not aware of any such incidents and asked them to provide detailed information of the other students who had died. Despite the verbal insults that the JAC had meted out to them, the Meira Paibi members have been extending their support to all the activities undertaken by the JAC till date, she remarked. If the school authority is indeed responsible for Babysana’s death, the JAC need not make the long journey to come to the school. All local Meira Paibis around the school would take the responsibility of carrying out the necessary punishment, as had been stated during the sit-in on September 13. As such, Madhubala appealed to the state government to help resolve the issue by revealing the truth in the case.


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