Indigenous Meitei boy summarily killed by Manipur Police
(Family of late Ahanthem Amujao at their home in Manipur in Sawombung; his mother is seated on the left with his youngest sister Sonia and his aunt Ito who filed the police complaint is standing at the doorway; his grandmother is seated far right/photo: CORE)
Ahanthem Amujao also called Suranjoy, a sixteen year old boy, from Sawombung Gate Maning Leikai was reportedly shot dead in an ‘encounter’ with Manipur Police Commandos at Khuman Palli, Imphal West District at the outskirts of Imphal City on January 29, 2012. The police had informed that Amujao was killed in an encounter between a team of Imphal West Commandos and three UGs at Khuman Lampak Palli on January 29 and that two of Amujao’s accomplices had escaped while he was gunned down at the spot. The police had never disclosed to which UG (‘underground’, a popular acronym for non-state armed groups operating in Manipur) organisation Amujao belongs nor has the exact location of the ‘encounter’ been identified by an inquest.
Amujao’s family and neighbours of his locality (Leikai) claimed that it was a ‘fake encounter’ since the body of the deceased bore marks of torture as his rights arm and left hand were twisted and badly fractured. Autopsy was carried out on the 31 January, 2012 at RIMS, Lamphelpat but the report has been denied to the family.
Amujao comes from an extremely poor family, and he had to drop out of school after Class V because his parents could no longer afford to pay his school-fees. He is the eldest of the six children of Basanta and Tampha. He began to work as a daily wage unskilled labourer two years ago to help his family, and at the time of his death he was a mason’s assistant. According to his mother, Amujao used to support his younger siblings.
Amujao’s aunty, Ito, filed a complaint to the Director General of Police (Manipur) on 3rd April 2012 with copies to the Minister of Home Affairs, the Chief Secretary, Govt of Manipur. Another complaint was filed by the Convenor of CSCHR to the Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi and the Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), New Delhi.
Following the complaint, nothing has been done by the Government regarding the unnatural and sudden death of (L) Ahanthem Amujao. The NCPCR wrote a letter to the government of Manipur inquiring into the complaint received but did not get a reply. Taking the matter as very serious, the Commission decided to conduct an investigation.
The five-member NCPCR team led by the Chairperson, Prof. Shantha Sinha visited the State from 18-20 May, 2012 to investigate into the matter.
Click the link below to see “Commandos scalp UG suspect” (Sangai Express/January 29, 2012)
Click the link below to read “Sawombung locals contradict police claim of encounter death” (Sangai Express/January,31, 2012)
Click the link below to see the Imphal Free Press Headlines (May 21, 2012)/NCPCR meets CM, HM