5 cops accused in fake encounter case surrender before court

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 27th Sep: Five Manipur police personnel who were charge-sheeted by CBI in connection with the killing of a man in an alleged fake encounter in 2010 surrendered before the court of CJM Imphal West Friday but the court released them after all five executed PR bond of Rs 50,000 each and surety of the equal amount.
The court had on September 12 summoned the five personnel to be present at the court Friday after accepting the charge-sheet filed against them by SIT-CBI in connection with alleged fake encounter killing of Khumbongmayum Osenjit at Taothong Makha Leikai on March 12, 2010.
Accordingly, all the five police personnel namely Havildar Laishram Premkumar, then Havildar Leichongbam Romesh, constable MD Ibomcha Shah, then constable Ankub Luther Kom and then constable Khwairakpam Somendro surrendered before the court along with their counsels and filed bail applications.
After hearing statements of both the sides, the court accepted their surrender and released all of them after they furnished PR bond of Rs 50,000 each and surety of same amount. The court then fixed further hearing of the case on October 17 next.
Mention may be made that the SIT-CBI investigated the case and submitted charge-sheet to the court in May, 2019. As per statement given by the accused Premkumar, a team of police conducted frisking and checking at Tharoijam-Taothong inter-village road from 2.30pm on March 12, 2010 upon getting a specific report that some underground elements were moving in the area on a Honda Activa two wheeler. An unidentified man riding Honda Activa was signalled to stop for checking but the man (Osenjit) fired towards the police team and he was killed in the ensuing retaliation by the police team.
As per charge-sheet filed by the SIT-CBI to the court, late Osenjit worked as fuel filler of Tata Indicom BTS tower managed by M/s Zingchar Bio Initiative. On the day of incident, Osenjit left his home at about 8.30am informing his mother that he will be repairing his two-wheeler. At about 11am of the same day, a man identified himself as a friend of Osenjit telephoned Osenjit’s father that a police commando team had picked Osenjit from near OK hotel.
When family investigated, it was found that a police commando team in civilian cloth picked up Osenjit and put him inside a Rakshak vehicle before leaving the place. Later, family members went to Imphal West commando complex at about 2pm of the same day to give Osenjit’s details but heard a wireless message about a Honda Activa borne man killed in encounter with police. At about 5.30pm of the same, family members confirmed that the man killed in encounter was Osenjit and identified the body kept at RIMS morgue.
Eye witnesses said that the incident occurred between 1pm and 1.10pm. Apart from this account, report of post mortem examination said that five bullets which hit Osenjit exited the body.
As per the charge sheet, Osenjit fired only one bullet towards the police team but the team retaliated by firing 41 bullets which indeed was excessive use of force and only one cartridge and two live rounds were recovered from the spot.
Apart from mentioning that the well trained police commandos could have easily overpowered the man, the charge sheet also said that police commandos were trying to cover up their guilt by cooking up a fake story and hinted at awarding befitting punishment to all five commando personnel as per law.


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