Manipur encounter: Terror suspect’s killing sparks protests

Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 13:43

Imphal: A suspected militant was killed in
a gunbattle by the security forces, sparking protest by locals
who claimed the encounter to be fake.

23-year-old militant Chongtham Nanao was killed during
the encounter with a joint team of 21st Assam Rifles battalion
and police commandos in Thoubal district on March 14,
officials said.

However, alleging that Nanao was picked up from his house
at Sekmaijin area in Imphal West district by the security
personnel and shot dead in Thoubal, a Joint Action Committee
-- comprising locals -- today blocked an important road
linking two Manipur districts to this capital town.

The JAC formed in protest against the killing of the
youth blocked Mayai Lambi road connecting Imphal and interior
parts of Imphal West and Thoubal.

Demanding an inquiry into the incident, a JAC spokesman
said the agitation would continue till security personnel
involved in the killing were punished.

Last year, killing of Chungkham Sanjit Singh in an
alleged fake encounter on July 23 at the Imphal market complex
had led to a prolonged agitation by a social organisation
Apunba Lup (AL).

The matter generated heat after a Delhi-based magazine
published photographs of the encounter.

Following the directions of the Imphal Bench of the
Gauhati High Court, the CBI in January took over the
investigation into the Chungkham Sanjit killing.

The controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act,
1958, which is in force in Manipur empowers the security
forces to open fire or arrest without a warrant while
providing legal immunity.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 13:43

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