Gaidon, Stephen released unconditionally
IMPHAL | Mar 20
Jailed leaders of the United Naga Council (UNC), Gaidon Kamei and Stephen Sankhil, were released today unconditionally.
The UNC leaders were set free following an agreement reached between the Government of India, Manipur Government and UNC in tripartite talks held yesterday at Senapati district head quarter.
Subsequently, Gaidon Kamei and Stephen Sankhil were produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal East, A Noutuneshwari this morning around 9.30.
Well wishers and families of Gaidon and Stephen, were gathered in large numbers outside the court awaiting the release of the UNC leaders since early morning.
Advocate General of Manipur, Th Ibohal, IG S Ibomcha and SP Imphal West district, Herojit were also present during the court appearance.
During the court appearance the counsel of the accused persons pleaded with the court to discharge the accused persons without imposing any conditions as the F.R.s (final reports) under section 173 r/w Sec. 169 Cr.P.C has been filed.
The Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) for the state did not raise any objection to the discharge appeal as the I.O.s of the cases have submitted F.R.s u/s 173Cr.P.C r/w Sec.169 Cr.P.C.
At the same time, the prosecution has also submitted that there was insufficient evidence against the accused persons.
After hearing both the counsel the CJM issued an order discharging Gaidon and Stephen from all the cases lodged against them in separate police stations including Mao, Tadubi and Nungba.
“In respect of the accused persons, the learned APP for the state and all the I.O.s of the FIR strenuously submit the accused persons are no longer necessary in the cases and there is no substantive evidence against the accused persons.
Hence, the accused persons namely Gaidon Kamei and Shangkhel Stephen are discharged from the liabilities of the case, for the ends of justice”, said an order issued by the CJM Imphal East.
Gaidon Kamei and Stephen were arrested on November 25 last year from Pheidinga by police commandos while travelling in a Bolero jeep along the National Highway-2.
Altogether six cases were lodged against Gaidon Kamei and Stephen Sankhil charging them of rioting, causing destruction of properties, common intent and allegedly inciting communal tensions etc. during the indefinite economic blockade imposed by the UNC on November 1 in protest against the creation of seven new districts by Ibobi led Congress government in Manipur.
Speaking to media persons outside the court, Gaidon Kamei, said the UNC’s demand to roll back the decision that led to the creation of seven new districts in Manipur will be on their agenda.
He expressed his hope that the BJP led government in Manipur will bring about a positive result.