Police Department clarifies
IMPHAL: The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma A. Heptulla, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and DGP LM Khaute on few issues including the inclusion of other drug tainted police officers for prestigious state awards.
In the memorandum signed by president of AMSU HQ Peter Laishram and secretary general AMSU HQ Bipinchandra Ahanthem, the student body stated that it has reliable reports of other police personnel listed in the Chief Minister Trophy for Anti-Drug Campaign and Chief Minister’s Trophy for Community Service Award who were also involved in drug haul cases and shielding off drug kingpins.
“They were even suspended from service and subsequently reinstated. The present inquiry should examine this aspect of how the terminated/suspended police personnel were reinstated into service and rise up to get gallantry award; This is not the first time that such a goof-up is taking place in the gallantry award issue. In the recent past many police personnel involved in fake encounters were conferred gallantry awards on the occasion of Republic Day and Independence Day. But subsequently many of them were charge-sheeted under the behest of the Supreme Court of India in EEVFAM v/s Uol,” the note continued.
It stressed on the dire need for transparency in the process of recommendation and selection of all the gallantry awardees and to place their dossier/citations in the public domain. It remarked that the unfortunate incident of July 17, 2020, in which ADG (Law and Order) of Police Arvind Kumar shot himself in his office chamber was immediately after chairing the committee constituted to determine and recommend officers of the police department to be awarded in recognition of their good work. There is a need to inquire if there is any connection between the doubtful processes in question with the drastic action of the senior officer, AMSU suggested in the press release.
In view of the ongoing blame game within the Police department, AMSU urged upon the governor to kindly intervene by ensuring that the mandate of the inquiry is wide enough to encompass the three critical issues/questions and it should be headed by a person no less than a retired Judge of the High Court.
In the memorandum, the students’ body gave its appreciation to the Government of Manipur’s prompt action of withdrawing the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry on the basis of ‘our exposure’ from Bheishamayum Debson Singh, SI, CDO, Imphal East, who was earlier arrested for trafficking drugs.
AMSU also noted that a committee consisting of K. RadhaShyam Singh. IGP, (Intelligence), S. Gautam Singh SP-CID (SB) and Joyce Lairemmawi SP-CID (CB), has been constituted to inquire into the lapses in connection with the proposal for award of chief minister’s medal submitted by SP Imphal east.
The student body said that the inquiry should not be, however, just an eye wash to sanctify the key decision makers by making scapegoats of a few lower ranked police personnel.
AMSU asserted that it sees more to this episode than just a clerical mistake of Inspector E. Roshan Singh, Reader to Imphal East SP.
Meanwhile, the police department has made a clarification regarding the AMSU’s representation no. 11/Memo/Prez/GSIAMSU, copies of which are also marked for release to print and electronic media.
In the clarification note signed by the PRO of Police Department W. Basu Singh, it was stated that regarding AMSU’s allegation that other police personnel listed in the Chief Minister Gallantry Trophy for Anti-Drug Campaign are also involved in drug haul cases and shielding off drug kingpins – the department clarified that as per available records, there is adverse/criminal records against the recipients of the Chief Minister’s Trophy tor Anti-Drug Campaign. However, an Enquiry Committee led by IGP (intelligence) will be looking into this matter in course of the enquiry and the Committee will be submitting their findings early, Basu Singh had stated.
The Police Department also further clarified that regarding EEVFAM v/s Uol – the matter is sub-judice and regarding the unfortunate incident of 17th July, 2020, in which Additional Director General of Police (Law & order) Arvind Kumar shot himself in his office chamber after immediately chairing the committee constituted to determine and recommend officers of the police department to be awarded in recognition of their good work- it is very unfortunate that the AMSU has maliciously brought up this matter when the senior police officer is still batting for his life in a hospital in New Delhi and this smacks of insensitivity and desperation on the part of the student body and is highly uncalled for.