CBI charge-sheets seven police Cdos in 2012 case

IMPHAL, 9th Aug: The Special Investigation Team of CBI on Wednesday submitted charge-sheet against seven Imphal West district police commandos including two then sub-inspectors in connection with an alleged fake encounter case that took place in 2012. The charge-sheet was filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West in continuation of the probe agency’s investigation into cases of stage-managed shootouts in the state as per directive of the Supreme Court of India.

The latest charge-sheet is related to an FIR (No. 18(01)2012 Irilbung PS, u/s 12-B/302 IPC & 201 IPC) registered at Irilbung police station with regard to involuntary disappearance of a youth and subsequent recovery of his body from a paddy field. According to a source, the SIT held the seven police commandos accountable for the controversial death of the then 26 years old Md Zamir Khan, son of Md Fajurahaman of Heikrumakhong Khomidok in Imphal East district. The probe agency contended in its report that Zamir might have been slain on the intervening night of January 20 and 21, 2012 at Kyamgei Shantipur Loukon (paddy field).

Subsequent to its findings, the SIT/CBI registered two cases (RC- 10(S)2017/CBI/SC-III New Delhi and RC- 10(S)2018/CBI/DST/STF, New Delhi), the source informed. It also established identity of the charge-sheeted police commandos as SI (then) Potsangbam Tarunkumar Singh of Haobam Marak Ngangom Leikai, SI Potsangbam Maniratan Singh of Haobam Marak Lai Khullembi Manak, and constables Yengkhom Keshorjit Singh of Awang Leikinthabi Makha Leikai, Elangbam Abung Singh of Langthabal Phuramakhong Nambul Mapal, Chabungbam Sanachaoba Victor of Langjing Achouba Maning Leikai, Khulak Joseph Maring of Narum Village (Chandel district) and Md Islauddin of Kyamgei Makha Leikai.

The source also conveyed that as per the FIR lodged by the police at Irilbung police station, Zamir Khan (then unknown) was shot dead in an encounter by the said team of police commandos on the intervening night of January 20-21, 2012 at Kyamgei Shantipur Loukon. Identity of the deceased was identified by the family at RIMS morgue a day after the claimed shootout.

As per the FIR, the commando team was on frisking and checking duty along the Kyamgei Shantipur Loukon inter-village road based on inputs that some armed miscreants would attack the residence of a Congress candidate, who was contesting election to the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly conducted in 2012 from Keirao assembly constituency. After gunning down the suspect (Zamir Khan), one 9 mm pistol with three live rounds, three numbers of PEK (explosives) and two detonators were found from the possession of deceased persons, the FIR mentioned.

Contrary to the police FIR, Zamir’s family lodged a missing person report in the police station that his whereabouts remained unknown after he as usual left home on January 20, 2012 morning to assist his father who runs a dental Clinic at Leima Shopping Complex, Paona Bazar (Imphal). They, the source informed, realised the next day that the corpse deposited by the police commandos at RIMS morgue was the missing Zamir.

On the other-hand, in the CBI charge-sheet submitted jointly by Daljit Singh (SP CBI/AC-II/New Delhi attached to CBI/SIT Manipur) and PK Roy (Insp. CBI/SC-III New Delhi) and which incorporated investigation report of the SIT, contradictions were pointed out between number of PEK found at the site of the claimed encounter and the report of actual recoveries made from the spot by the then ASI.

The report of the ASI, who prepared the inquest report, contained information provided by police bomb experts, who diffused the said bombs, that there were five PEKs and two electric detonators. Moreover, the CBI charge-sheet took exception to the inquest report of the deceased Zamir Khan referred to as ‘unknown dead body’ in-spite of the fact that identity of the deceased was already established by some locals as well as personnel of Irilbung police station led by its then officer in-charge, at the spot of the incident.

The CBI charge-sheet further picked flaws in the report of the police IO, who was reportedly aware of the complaint of ‘missing person’ lodged by the family members, but did not take the pain to establish the identity of the deceased. The probe agency then charged the police of fabricating evidence and attempting to mislead the investigation for the purpose of covering up the fake encounter. It also urged the court to take cognizance that those named in the charge-sheet are liable to face appropriate action as the offence committed was punishable u/s 120-B r/w 302 of IPC. On July 30, charge-sheets submitted by the CBI before the Supreme Court as well as by the probe agency’s Imphal unit before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East in connection with the probe into alleged fake counter killings in the state listed names of 14 Manipur police personnel including one DSP-rank officer.

The earlier charge-sheets relate to two separate cases of alleged stage managed encounters that took place in 2011 and 2012 which claimed the lives of three persons. 

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