EEVFAM complaint to DGP flays police threat to member

IMPHAL, 17th Oct: Extra Judicial Execution Victims Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) has filed a complaint to Director General of Police (DGP) for taking action against inspector S Ibotombi for threatening its member Yengkhom Ibomcha Singh on the ground that he had posted a court order of Chief Judicial Magistrate (Imphal West) which mentioned inspector Ibotombi as one of the accused in the CBI charge sheet pertaining to EEVFAM vs Union of India case of the Supreme Court of India.

In the complaint, EEVFAM secretary Edina Yaikhom mentioned that Ibomcha is a resident of Jiribam IB Leikai, Jiribam district and coordinator of EEVFAM, Jiribam district. He was actively involved in data collection and coordination of families of the victims of fake encounters in Jiribam. Recently, Ibomcha received a court order of the CJM, Imphal West from a whatsapp group pertaining to the chargesheet filed by the CBI. As a coordinator of EEVFAM, he disseminated information about the document through various Whatsapp groups. In the last week of September 2018, when Ibomcha was busy for organising Lamyanba Irabot celebration at Hojai Langka, Assam where minister, MLAs and leaders of civil society organisations from Manipur were to attend, he received several phone calls from Jiribam Police Station. The police told him that he should visit the police station without any delay, the complaint mentioned.

Soon after Ibomcha’s arrival at home, he got another call from Jiribam Police Station. Thereafter, Ibomcha visited Jiribam Police Station, where officer on duty enquired about the court order he had shared on the social media. In the said court order, one inspector S Ibotombi Singh of Manipur Police has been named as accused person. The police officer on duty insisted that Ibomcha tender apology for sharing the said court order.

Ibomcha said that it was not he who shared the court order first. After some time, one of the police personnel of Jiribam Police Station passed a mobile phone and inspector Ibotombi, who was on the phone told Ibomcha that he received President Medals for Gallantry and the investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is illegal. He also told Ibomcha that some members of Kalinagar Youth Club have already sought his apology for sharing the said court order. He insisted that Ibomcha should also make an apology for sharing the said document otherwise Ibomcha would face dire consequences.

Stating that life and security of Ibomcha is under threat, the association sought urgent intervention of DGP by taking up necessary legal action against inspector Ibotombi so that Ibomcha can carry out his legitimate human rights work without intimidation and fear.

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