Probe 'SOP violation' during poll campaigns, MHRC directs officials

The Manipur Human Rights Commission directed officials to submit action taken report on SOP violation to the commission on or before November 13.

The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed commissioner (health), director (health) and deputy commissioners of Imphal West, Imphal East, Thoubal and Kangpokpi districts to immediately inquire into allegation of SOP violation during election campaign.

The commission also directed to submit their action taken report to the commission on or before November 13.

A forum of 16 clubs of Thongju Part-1-2, Imphal East district has filed a complaint before Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) with an allegation of shopping mall, election camping, flag hosting, shopping becoming major source of COVID-19 spread. It said that SOP and guidelines are being violated during meetings, gathering for the ensuing by-election.

After considering the complaint, acting chairperson Khaidem Mani on Tuesday said that MHRC has taken up the suo-moto case based on media reports of violating SOP guidelines.

“Reports called from concerned authorities have also been received. However, the reports received and the present complaint petitions are totally different,” he said.

The reports submitted before the MHRC from concerned authorities are beautiful but effective implementation has not been done, Mani said, adding that every individual is responsible for following guidelines.

First Published:Nov. 3, 2020, 10:19 p.m.

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