5 Manipur Policemen Have Been Suspended For Alleged Custodial Death, Says CM Biren Singh

MANIPUR Chief Minister N Biren has admitted there was an alleged custodial death in the state and five Manipur Police personnel have been suspended in this connection .Investigation continues. Responding to a calling Attention Notice in the State Legislative Assembly, the CM said the victim was reportedly one Mohammed Abdul Gaffar. Congress MLA Kh Joykishan tabled the motion in the concluding day of the winter session of the legislature. The CM said that efforts continued to arrest others belonging to the Central security force personnel allegedly involved in the incident. The state Government proposed to provide a job to the next of kin of the victim besides providing ex-gratia relief as per rules. Earlier the State Government had reportedly agreed to order a magisterial inquiry into the incident.Gaffar (40), a resident of Usoipokpi Makha, was reportedly picked up by a joint team of Thoubal Police and 26 Assam Rifles. He was found dead on December 20. Responding to another call attention motion raised by Congress MLA K Meghachandra on the delay in demarcating the State boundary in the Dzukou Valley, the Chief Minister said the State Government has formed a committee to verify the boundary in the valley. Subsequently, a report will be submitted to the Centre, he added. The Survey of India has also been urged to settle the matter soon, Biren Singh said.The Chief Minister said that there is a total of 653 surrendered ultras and they are being given a stipend of Rs 6,000 and an one-time financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each. They are further provided training in a trade or vocation of their choice or befitting their aptitude. There are also incentives for surrendered weapons and ammunition, the CM informed the  House while replying to another query by a law maker.(image courtesy to northeastnow)

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