IMPHAL: The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has on Saturday appealed for public disclosure of inquiry report of the three-member committee headed by an Inspector General of Police (IGP) that was instituted to inquire into the lapses in connection with the proposal for award submitted by SP Imphal East district to chief minister in respect of Sub-Inspector Bheishamayum Debson Singh, IE. The sub-inspector was awarded CM Police Medal for gallantry on the occasion of Independence Day on August 15, 2020, despite having a past record for involvement in a drug seizure case.
In a letter of AMSU shot to DGP L.M Khaute, it was said that on August 16, 2020, the latter issued an order constituting a three-member committee headed by an Inspector General of Police to inquire into the lapses behind the proposal of Bheishamayum Debson Singh for the gallantry award. The letter further said that the order categorically mentioned that “the committee shall have submitted its report to the undersigned within one week without fail”
It may be mentioned that the AMSU also gave a representation to the Governor of Manipur Najma Heptullah dated August 17, 2020 urging her intervention to ensure that a high level inquiry committee headed by a person no less than a retired Judge of the High Court be constituted and mandated to inquire into the following three critical issues namely, how the terminated/suspended police personnel, who have past criminal antecedents, were reinstated into their services and subsequently rise up in services to get a gallantry award; how to ensure accountability and transparency of the selection process, by at least putting the dossier/citation of the awardee in the public domain; and if there is any connection between the doubtful selection processes with the drastic action of a senior police officer who chaired the committee to recommend gallantry awards.
The letter mentioned that as almost three weeks have elapsed since the order was issued, it can be assumed that the office of the DGP must have received the inquiry report. AMSU also hoped that the above stated three issues are duly covered in the said report. The general public is eagerly waiting to see its findings and request you to kindly release the report immediately, AMSU stated in the release. If the report is not brought in public domain, AMSU would be constrained to take up other legitimate actions in public interest, including submission of memorandums to the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister (UHM) in the next one week, it said.