MHRC to monitor inquiry into controversial gallantry award

Police SI, Bheishamayum Debson, now serving as Imphal East Commando, who was arrested with drugs worth more than Rs 3 crore in 2013, was given a gallantry award by the chief minister..

The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed DGP, Manipur and principal secretary, home to submit the detailed reports of inquiry report on the prevailing controversy regarding the giving of gallantry award to a police SI, Bheishamayum Debson now serving as Imphal East Commando who was arrested with drugs worth more than Rs 3 crore in 2013.

The MHRC has registered a case filed by Human Rights Initiative (HRI), praying the commission to monitor the inquiry report of the case. The detailed inquiry report of the matter is to be submitted by September 17 for further proceeding and recommendation.

It may be mentioned that the Manipur government withdrew the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry 2020 awarded to a police officer after he was found to be involved in a drug smuggling case. Sub-Inspector Bheishamayum Debson Singh of Manipur police commando unit, Imphal East district, was conferred the award on August 14 during Patriot’s Day celebrations.

The Home department has suspended the sub-inspector for concealing the facts regarding the drug smuggling case.

The incident came to light after the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) pointed out that Debson Singh was arrested for trafficking drugs worth Rs 3 crore in 2013 and a case was pending against him at Kakching district police.

First Published:Sept. 10, 2020, 11:01 p.m.