Manipur Chief Minister Playing Game to Divert and Cover the Actual Culprits
The Home Department of Manipur Government Failed
June 25, 2009
The student communities of North East Indian states along with civil societies, social workers, Politicians, Human Rights Activists and Scholars demanded CBI Enquiry on the brutal killing of Social Worker Yengkhom Krishnadas in a protest held at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on June 24. Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh Government has totally failed to keep the law and order situation of Manipur.
After the ultimatum submitted to Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh by Joint Action Committee against the brutal killing of Yengkhom Krishnadas (JCA) to arrest the culprits within seven days, has failed, the student communities of the region protested in national Capital with memorandums submitted to the President, Prime Minister and Home Minister, demanding CBI Enquiry.
Chief Minister’s failure to arrest the actual culprits after finding the clues and arresting the kingpin persons has clearly revealed the hidden agenda of the state Government. The public has lost the trust in state Government and its police forces. The justice to deceased and his bereaved family members will only be possible if the case is handed over to CBI.
The kingpin Th. Nando and two persons arrested from Sajiwa Jail in connection with Krishnadas killing and recovering mobile handsets and SIM cards from their custody reveals first, the home department of Manipur which is under care of Chief Minister, has totally failed and secondly, a unambiguous game to divert and cover the actual culprits of brutal killing of Krishnadas is being seen played by O. Ibobi Singh and his police forces by throwing allegation on Th. Nando and his two colleagues who are already languishing in the jail for other crimes committed earlier.
New Delhi based Human Rights Activist Madhu Chandra Spokes Person of North East Support Centre & Helpline who leads to fight the discriminated meted out to North East communities in Delhi and NCR, said, “Why the investigating Manipur police officials failed to find out who is the main culprit(s) who instructed the accused in police custody Smt. Seram Ashalata to collect the ransom of Rs 25 lakhs from Yengkhom (Ongbi) Bimola Devi, the wife of deceased Krishnadas on June 11, 2009? Why not the investigation police officers failed to find out from Ashalata, whom has she handed over the collected ransom of Rs 25 lakhs? No body will trust that Ashalata has handed over to kingpin Th. Nando and two other prisoners inside Sajiwa jail. If so why not the police official on duty at Sajiwa Jail has been left out?”
“The public has huge cry, why investigation police official are able to find out the kingpin Th. Nando and two other fellow prisoners from Sajiwa Jail who are behind the bar in Sajiwa Jail and not the actual culprits roaming free outside. The failure to find the actual culprits roaming free outside, can be only for two reasons. First, the investigating police official and Government concerned have failed to do the job, for which independent enquiry under CBI should be instituted. Secondly, the investigating police official and Government concerned know the actual culprits roaming free and they have been covered and diverted by throwing the ball on Th. Nando and his two fellow prisoners, who were languishing in Sajiwa jail for other crimes committed earlier,” says Mr. Madhu Chandra.
In the protest rally held at Jantar Mantar yesterday in demand of justice to Krishnadas killing, Dr. Udit Raj, President of All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations and Dr. John Dayal - Member of National Integration Council joined the JAC (Delhi) demand of CBI Enquiry.
The JAC (Delhi) resolved to continue the agitation to fight for justice to Krishnadas and his bereaved family members if the Manipur CM O Ibobi Singh fails to arrest the culprits. JAC Delhi will bring the bereaved wife and two years old daughter of deceased Krishnadas to national capital Delhi to make delegations to highest officials of Indian Government with relay hunger strike.
Dr. Udit Raj and Dr. John Dayal who fight for down trodden people of India have assured their support to Justice Campaign for Krishnadas led by JAC (Delhi) and North East Support Centre & Helpline along with student bodies of North East India. A delegation represented by Yengkhom (Ongbi) Bimola the wife of deceased Krishnadas and his two year old daughter to Prime Minister, President, Home Minister, Social and Justice Minister, National Human Rights Commission and National Women Commission, camp at New Delhi will be instituted soon to demand CBI Enquiry if Manipur Government fails to arrest the actual culprits roaming free outside.
Krishnadas was kidnapped by unknown person on June 10 at around 9.45PM from his father-in-law home at Imphal. His family was demanded of Rs 2 crores as ransom for his safe release. He was cruelly tortured and killed brutally after the payment of ransom scaled down to Rs 25 lakhs. The text of the memorandum submitted by JAC (Delhi) along with Manipur Students Association – Delhi, United Kakching Students – Delhi, North East Support Centre & Helpline and various individuals and social workers to the President, Prime Minister and Home Minister.
Secretary - Joint Action Committee (Delhi)
Against the Brutal Killing of Yengkhom Krishnadas Singh
June 24, 2009
The Excellency the President,
Government of India,
We, the undersigned on behalf of the Joint Action Committee (Delhi) Against the Brutal Killing of Yengkhom Krishnadas, beg to state the following lines for your kind attention and necessary action.
1. Some unknown armed persons numbering about 5/6 persons forcibly abducted Shri Yengkhom Krishnadas Singh a resident of Kakching in Thoubal District, from the residence of his father in law at Thangmeiband Khomdram Shelunba Leikai, Imphal West district on 10th June 2009 at around 9: 45pm.
2. Subsequently on 11th June the kidnappers demanded on phone a sum of rupees two crores from the family for his safe release.
3. However on persistent request by the wife of Shri Yengkhom Krsihnadas Singh through telephone talk the kidnappers reluctantly scaled down the ransom amount to Rs. 25,00,000 (twenty five lakhs).
4. In the evening of 11th June, on the instruction of the kidnappers, the family of Krishnadas handed over a sum of Rs. 25,00,000 (twenty five lakhs) to a women named Smt. Sairem Ashalata Devi of Sagolband Sayang Konthoujam Leikai, Imphal West District.
5. Despite (of) taking the ransom the kidnappers mercilessly murdered Sri Yengkhom Krishnadas and dumped the dead body at a hillock near the water supply scheme at Lilong in Thoubal District. Later the dead body was recovered by the police in the morning of 12th June and was deposited at the morgue at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences morgue in Imphal West District.
6. On hearing such an unexpected and shocking news the people of Kakching and its surrounding villages spontaneously came to the street in protest of the killing resulting into general strikes and blockades across Manipur.
7. Consequently, a Joint Action Committee (JAC) Against the Brutal Killing of Shri Yenkhom Krishnadas Singh was constituted with representatives from various clubs and organizations to steer a peoples’ movement.
8. In the meantime, the JAC submitted a memorandum to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur on 12th June demanding immediate arrest of the culprit(s) and necessary measures in this connection.
9. On 14th June 2009 the JAC again submitted an ultimatum to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur reiterating the points to book the culprit(s) within a week. Subsequently, upon the assurance of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur, the dead body was accepted to perform the last rites with a mammoth procession from the RIMS morgue to Kakching on 15th June.
10. In this connection the Manipur Police Department registered a case under FIR case no. 188 (6) 09 Imphal P.S.U/S 120(b)/307/302/364 (A)/457 Indian Penal Code (IPC) &16/120 UAP (ACT) & 25 (I-B) Arms Act.
11. During the course of the investigation the police arrested Sairem Ashalata Devi (36)W/o Ramchandra Singh of Sayang Konjeng Leikai, Imphal West and was later confirmed that she was the person who took the ransom amount, i.e. Rs. 25,00,000 (twenty five lakhs) from the family of (L) Shri Yengkhom Krishnadas Singh.
12. It may be mentioned that the police had also arrested the alleged kingpin, Th. Nando Singh from Sajiwa jail Imphal East District who is now in the police custody for further interrogation.
13. There is a great apprehension among the public that some superior authorities may have been involved in the killing which may lead to protection of the real culprit(s) from a fair justice.
14. It may be pointed out that such criminal and nefarious activities which have become a regular affair, unless held in check, will lead to a dangerous breakdown of the basic foundation of democracy in the state.
In view of the above facts and circumstances, the Joint Action Committee (Delhi) Against the Brutal Killing of Yengkhom Krishnadas demands:
1. An immediate CBI Inquiry to be initiated.
2. Justice to be done to the aggrieved family.
With these demands, the JAC requests for your kind attention in finding out the culprits and book them according to the law of the land.