Sanaton Death Case: MHRC asks police for investigation status and post-mortem report

The MHRC direction was given following a complaint petition filed by the president of Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights.


Locals hold protests demanding justice for Sanaton (Photo: IFP)

The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the Imphal West Superintendent of Police (SP) to furnish a investigation status report of Sanaton's death case along with the post-mortem report on or before April 20.

The direction was given following a complaint petition filed by the president of Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights. The YFPHR pleaded for urgent intervention of the commission in Sanaton's death case.

The complaint stated that the Lamphel police station has failed to register an FIR despite submitting written complaint and stated that the body of Sanaton bore injury marks on toes, face and back of the bodies. It also alleged that the copy of the  post-mortem report of the body has not been given to the family of Sanaton.

Following the complaint, the commission has also directed the JAC ‘Justice for Athokpam Sanaton’ and family members of  Sanaton to appear before the commission  on April 20,  which  the commission has fixed as the next date of the proceeding.

Meanwhile, irate locals of Khurai on Friday continued to block Imphal-Ukhrul road and Khurai Salanthong road for the second day as a part of the agitation demanding justice for Sanaton who was found hanging in the hostel room at RIMS, Imphal on March 15.

Following the road blockade, the police diverted the traffic at Lamlong junction and at Minuthong junction and some other locations.

Meanwhile, shops and establishments in and around Lamlong Keithel remained closed as Lamlong Keithel Phambi Apunba Nupi Lup called total shutdown till Friday evening.     

In support of the agitation, a large number of women also staged a sit-in protest at the Sagolmang Community Hall decrying the suspicious death of Sanaton.

According to a release issued by the convenor of the JAC M Loyalakpa, it stated that the agitation of blocking the road will continue until their demands are fulfilled.

The JAC demanded to take up the investigation of the death case by filing an FIR, suspension of the RIMS director and warden of Gents Hostel No 3 of RIMS.

First Published:April 9, 2021, 7:23 p.m.

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