| New Delhi |
December 3, 2020 3:57:42 am
Almost two decades after 14 people died in alleged CRPF firing during the massive June 18 uprising in Imphal, the Central Bureau of Investigation absolved the force of all blame in a closure report it filed recently citing insufficient evidence.
The closure report contradicts the Justice C Upendra inquiry commission report of 2001, which squarely blamed the CRPF’s “ill-considered” and “unnecessary” use of force for the deaths. According to the CBI, the force acted in self-defence and “their services should be appreciated”.
The closure report was submitted in the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal West district on October 1.
Now, the families of the deceased, in a November 27 plea, have asked the Manipur High Court to quash the report and direct a fresh investigation.
The mass agitation of 2001, one of the bloodiest in Manipur’s recent history, was triggered by the Bangkok accord between the Indian government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland’s Isak Muivah faction, which extended the ceasefire agreement to Manipur. Angered by what they saw as a threat to Manipur’s territorial integrity, over 50,000 protesters stormed and set afire multiple government buildings in the capital, including…