18 Aug 2017 - 9:46pm | AT News Imphal
Human rights organisations on Friday called upon all concerned and the Manipur government to extend full cooperation to the CBI inquiry into 85 cases of alleged extrajudicial killings that took place in the state between 1979 and 2012.
A discussion on imposition of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Manipur was held at Manipur Press Club jointly organized by the Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families AssociationManipur (EEVFAM), Human Rights Alert (HRA) and United NGOs Mission-Manipur (UNMM).
“We appeal to all concerned and the state government as well to extend full cooperation to the CBI inquiry to help ensure delivery of justice to the victims and their families,” said HRA Executive Director Babloo Loitongbam during the meet to review prolonged enforcement of AFSPA in Manipur.
AFSPA was enacted in 1958 to bring under control what the government of India considered ‘disturbed’ areas.
On July 14, 2017, the Supreme Court ordered the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) within two weeks to go through the records of at least 85 cases of alleged extrajudicial killings in Manipur.
The CBI was also told file fresh First Information Reports (FIRs), and complete investigations where required. The apex court also directed the agency that the investigations must be completed by December 31, 2017.
On July 27, 2017, the CBI constituted a five-member Special Investigating Team in accordance with the Supreme Court’s directions.
During Friday’s discussion four key resolutions were adopted by the human rights bodies, which included fresh demands for removal of AFSPA and Disturbed Area Status from Manipur, seeking of witnesses to give evidence to the inquiry into the 85 cases of extrajudicial killings by the CBI, extending full cooperation by the families of all victims and early disposal of the long-pending cases of Sanjit and Rabina.
The Apunba Manipur Kanba Lup (AMKIL) president Sakhi and several important persons attended the discussion.