Manipur government is examining the legal aspects of handing over the investigation into the killing of a youth in an alleged fake encounter here on July 23 to the CBI, Chief Minister O. Ibobo Singh has said.

“The state government is in consultation with legal experts whether the investigation can now be handed over to CBI or not since a related case is pending before a court,” he said on Friday.

On December 23, the Guwahati High Court (Manipur bench) passed an order directing that the investigation be carried out by an agency not controlled by the state government.

He said the state cabinet would take a decision to hand over the probe to CBI after getting a directive from the court where a case was pending following a writ petition filed by family members of the victim Chungkham Sanjit.

Police claimed that 27-year-old Sanjit was killed by commandos in an encounter at Imphal market complex on July 23.

However a major social organisation Apunba Lup (AL) alleged that the encounter was “fake”, leading to wide protests across the state.

The chief minister said talks were being conducted with the organisation AL, which has been agitating for more than four months demanding his “resignation on moral grounds” and dismissal of the commandos.


Insurgencies in Manipur: politics & ideology January 28, 2010