Imphal 9 February, 2011.
2009 July 23 indeed is a turning point in the history of Manipur. After a Delhi based news journal Tehelka exposed fake encounter story of a local youth in broad daylight, number of fake encounter story, life in the trouble torn state of Manipur somehow relieved from the painful cries of widows and mothers of the land. Earlier before the July 23 incident of 2009 there were not even a single day at which an alleged militant would be killed in encounter by security troop. Most the encounter story and situations were almost similar. In almost all case of encounter, the police version had said that “some armed youth were found loitering in a specified area. Then the youth fired on them and at least one of the militant would get killed in security forces retaliatory action.” However in almost such case family members would claimed the person killed to be innocent and in some of the cases the alleged militant would have been picked up from his owned home, as claimed by the family.
After almost a gap of over a year or so, encounter between combined troop of Assam rifles and Manipur Police commando started reporting in the wake of the series of bomb attacked by armed militants to the candidates of the ended 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election polling.
After the election commission announced the poll notification on January 4 this year the rebel groups operating in the region intensified their stands to ban the congress party. A press release was issued by the Corcom, a committee of the the 7 rebel groups – KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro), KCP, UNLF, RPF and UPPK.
After the rebel group started attacking the congress candidate without stopping a single day security force had been alerted in all the state to counter the rebel attacked. After much bomb had been reported blasted and found unexploded, the first encounter was reported on the night of 13 January. In the encounter SFs killed a suspected militant, identified as Thongam Bungbung (37), at Heibongpokpi in Imphal West District. On the following day another two alleged militants were also gunned downed by the security force. Since then state security forces along with the central forces had killed at least 15 alleged militants in different encounter.
The latest being the one killed by combined troop of Assam Rifles and Manipur police commando at Phayeng on 6th of February. The alleged underground cadre killed by combine troop of Imphal West Commando and Assam Rifles at Phayeng on that evening has been identified as Wahengbam Jayenta age 43 from Kumbi Kangjeibung Mapal Bishenpur District. He was residing at Kwakeithel Sayang Kurao Makhong. According to wife of the deceased husband left home at around 7am on Monday morning to look after their newly constructed house at Takyel after dropping his son for tuition. She said her husband was carrying 30 thousand rupees for buying bricks and sand for their newly constructed house at Takyel. She claimed that her husband is innocent and had not linked with any anti social element. Following the killing a sit in protest was staged at Kumbi in Bisnupur district demanding punishment of those SFs involved in the killing of Jayenta.
However, except for the case of 2009, 23 July Khwairamband keithel incident there were no evidences of proving the any encounter story of the police as fake and set up story.
ISTV news had however shows video evidence of how a person was killed by SF. Please take a look. This video just attempt to reinstall the human instinct to the inhuman lesser God.