Death of Myanmar Nationals: DG (Prison), special secretary (Home) directed to respond to HRA

Following the complaint petition lodged by HRA to MHRC, a case was registered under section 12 of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.


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The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Saturday directed director general (Prison) and special secretary (Home), government of Manipur to respond to a complaint raised by Human Rights Alert (HRA) within two weeks' time, concerning the alleged custodial deaths of two Myanmar nationals in the state.

Following the complaint petition lodged by HRA to MHRC, a case was registered under section 12 of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. Executive director, Human Rights Alert (HRA) Babloo Loitongbam had filed the petition in connection with the case.

The complainant had stated that 29 Myanmar nationals including six minors were arrested on the ground of crossing international border without any valid documents. He had stated that 29 Myanmar nationals crossed the border due to fear of facing prosecution as a result of military coup in Myanmar.

The complainant also stated that an FIR No. 38(03)2021 CCP. PS U/S 14 of the Foreigners Act was registered against them and at present, they were being detained under a temporary prison located at Saadbhavna Mandop, New Lamka, Churachandpur district.

The said place was declared as a temporary prison under Prison Act. 1984 vide order No. 6/1(1)/2021-H (DC) on April 1 by the government of Manipur.

The complainant also alleged that the detainees have been denied the right to food and health. Upon receiving the complaint, MHRC directed the director general (Prison) Manipur and special secretary (Home) government of Manipur to respond to the complaint petition in two weeks’ time.

Both the director general (Prison) and special secretary (Home) are required to furnish their responses by July 17 as per the directive.

 

First Published:July 4, 2021, 6:50 a.m.

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