AMSU submits memorandum to PM Modi over awarding gallantry to SI Debson

The Manipur government withdrew the CM’s Police Medal for Gallantry which was given to the sub-inspector B Debson after AMSU alleged that Debson was arrested in 2013 for trafficking drugs.

The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the investigation regarding the recommendation of CM’s Police Medal for Gallantry, 2020 to a sub-inspector who has a past criminal case.

The state government withdrew the CM’s Police Medal for Gallantry which was given to the sub-inspector B Debson after AMSU alleged that Debson was arrested in 2013 for trafficking drugs.

Following the withdrawal of the award, the state government placed Debson under suspension and formed an enquiry committee to investigate into the case.

The memorandum submitted to Narendra Modi mentioned that a committee was constituted to enquire into the matter and the DGP, Manipur has also directed the enquire committee to submit the enquiry report within one week. Despite the lapse of more than one month the findings of the committee are not made public till date, it added.

It further said that AMSU has made several representations to the governor, chief minister and DGP, Manipur seeking their intervention on the case, but none of the authorities has responded positively till date.

Pointing out the unfortunate incident of July 17 in which the additional DGP (law and order) shot himself after chairing the committee constituted to determine and recommend officers of the police department to be awarded in recognition of their good work, the memorandum said that there is a need to enquire if there is any connection between the doubtful processes in question with the drastic action of the senior officer.

“AMSU shall be grateful if you could kindly intervene and ensure that the government of Manipur acts and functions in the true spirit of Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhayan,” the memorandum added.

A release issued by publicity and information secretary of AMSU Lhunpao Lupheng said that in order to investigate into the drug haul case involving SI Debson, they have been demanding to constitute a high level independent enquiry committee led by a retired judge of a High Court.

The release said contrary to their demand the police summoned the president and secretary general of AMSU. As the state government failed to take up positive action, AMSU submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention, added the release.

 

First Published:Oct. 8, 2020, 8:01 a.m.

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