STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 12th Jan:
The recently established Fast Track Court (FTC) literally lived up to its reputation of accelerating delivery of justice when Additional Sessions Judge (FTC), Manipur East W Tonen Meitei on Friday convicted three persons in connection with a murder case which took place back way in 1989.
The convicted trio are identified as Pukhrambam Joykumar alias Sahajahan Singh (60) son of late P Shyamnagor Singh of Sagolband Meino Leirak; Khangjrakpam Basanta Singh (60) son of late Kh Ahanjao Singh of Sagolband Meino Leirak; and Pangeijam Ramananda Singh (62) son of late P Ibotombi Singh of Sagolband Salam Leikai.
They were convicted for murdering one Polem Satyajit alias Satyajit Kumar Singh, son of Polem Indrajit Singh of Thangmeiband Polem Leikai in the wee hours of June 23, 1989 near Khoyathong Pukhri Achouba Mapal.
The conviction order was declared in the open court by the Additional Sessions Judge in the presence of Basanta Singh and Pangeijam Ramananda while Joykumar was absent due to illness.
Though Joykumar’s counsel applied for dispense of his client on the ground of health issue, Tonen Meitei turned down the plea and instead announced issuance of non-bailable warrant against the accused in addition to directing prosecution to effect arrest immediately.
Subsequent to the conviction Basanta and Ramananda were taken into the custody of court and later handed over to SP, Manipur Central Jail Sajiwa to serve the sentence.
The court further directed authority concerned to produce the three at 11 am of January 18 for the sentence hearing.
According to case dossiers, Polem Satyajit and one of his friends named Nongmaithem Megha Singh were assaulted by six persons, including the three convicted, using lethal weapons, reportedly to avenge an incident of alleged assault of Pukhrambam Joykumar by Satyajit.
Satyajit, who was goalkeeper of Manipur football team, reportedly succumbed to his injuries at RMC (RIMS presently) on the same day.
All six accused persons were arrested by Imphal police following a complaint lodged by Satyajit’s father.
The accused persons were, however, released on bail by a court.
On the other hand, the three other accused persons identified as S Bido alias Somorendro Singh, RK Sanatomba alias Moba Singh and A Dhananjoy alias Mobi Singh had passed away during the course of the trial period and accordingly they were discharged from the liability of the said case.
The police submitted charge-sheet against the said six accused persons on July 31, 1989 before the then Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal. The trial of the case continued as the accused persons pleaded not guilty and sought trial on June 14, 1999. During the course of trial the prosecution produced 36 witnesses in order to prove the case.