Cdos charge sheeted by CBI surrender in court

IMPHAL,5th Sep: Seven personnel of Imphal West district police commandos, including two sub-inspectors (SI), who have been charged sheeted by the Special Investigation Team of CBI, Imphal on August 9 in connection with an alleged fake encounter case that took place on the intervening night of January 20-21, 2012 at Kiyamgei Shantipur Loukon surrendered before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East on Wednesday.

The surrendered personnel are identified as SIs Potsangbam Tarunkumar Singh of Haobam Marak Ngangom Leikai and 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) and Md Islauddin of Kiyamgei Makha Leikai.

During their appearance, the CJM furnished the respective PRs to the charge sheeted personnel along with relevant papers of the case placed by the CBI before the court after which the accused policemen executed their respective bond of Rs 75,000 each as per the rule.

The Court then referred the case to the Special Judge CBI, Imphal East for initiation of trial and directed all charge sheeted police personnel to appear in the court on September 29. The SIT/CBI charge sheet against the said police commandos is related to FIR No. 18(01)2012 Irilbung PS, u/s 12-B/302 IPC & 201 IPC wherein one Md Zamir Khan (26), son of Md Fajurahaman of Heikrumakhong Khumidok was allegedly killed by a team of Imphal West district police commandos in January 2012 at Kiyamgei Shantipur Loukon.

The SIT investigated into the case, registered two separate cases (RC- 10(S)2017/CBI/SC-III New Delhi and RC- 10(S)2018/CBI/DST/STF, New Delhi) and submitted the charge sheeted against the seven. As per the police FIR registered in Irilbung PS, the commando team claimed to have shot dead Zamir Khan in an encounter as he along with some armed accomplices tried to attack the house of a Congress candidate in the run-up to the state assembly election in 2012.

The police also claimed to have recovered one 9 mm pistol, three live rounds, three PEK (explosives) and two detonators from the possession of Zamir Khan after the encounter. Countering the police version, family members contended that Zamir went missing since morning of January 20, 2012 after he went out of house to assist his father who was running a dental clinic at Leima Shoping Complex Paona Bazar, Imphal. The concerned family registered a missing person report in the police station concerned but were informed the following day that Zamir got killed in shoot-out with the CDOs.

However, during the course of its investigation and subsequent submission of the charge- sheet, the SIT/CBI pointed out contradiction in the number of PEK recovered from the place of incident and well as other anomalies.

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