//Manipur : Sanamacha case likely to be reopened

Manipur : Sanamacha case likely to be reopened

The Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, Jan 24: The involuntary disappearance case of Yumlembam Sanamacha is likely to be reopened with Gauhati High Court, Imphal bench, issuing a notice of motion to state and Central government authorities on a writ petition filed by Sanamacha`s family in this connection.

The writ petition filed by Yumlembam Arubi Devi and her son Y. Sanatomba prays for a re-investigation of the case registered in respect of the involuntary disappearance of Sanamacha after arrest by personnel of the 17 Raj Rifles from his home on the intervening night of February 11 and 12, according to a statement issued by the Human Rights Law Network.

The Yairipok police, it may be mentioned, had closed the investigation without taking the law to its logical end by observing that the arrest of 17 Raj Rifles personnel is not feasible as they had already left the state of Manipur.

Before approaching the High Court, the mother of the disappeared had approached the Manipur Human Rights Commission in the year 2003.

The MHRC however closed its inquiry on August 3, 2005, observing that the investigation of the case was closed and returned in FR due to insufficiency of evidence and as such there is no more scope for the inquiry to proceed further.

However, the commission had observed that it is up to the complainant to move the High Court in this regard if she so chose. Accordingly the petition was filed.

Mention may be made here that in the year 2001, the High Court had, in a separate Habeas Corpus petition filed by Sanamacha`s brother, awarded a sum of Rs. 3,00,000 as compensation to Sanamacha`s mother by concluding that Sanamacha was tortured and killed by the Army while in their custody.

The respondents listed in the petition include the state of Manipur, represented by the principal secretary (home), the DGP, Manipur, the SP, Thoubal, the OC, Yairipok police station, the Union of India through the secretary, ministry of home affairs, the secretary to the Union ministry of defence, and the CO, 17 Raj Rif.