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40 NGOs demand judicial probe

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, Jan 2 � Relatives of persons who disappeared after allegedly being picked up by security forces in Manipur continue to demand institution of an independent probe panel to monitor proposed investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) into the recovery of human skulls.

President of Families of Involuntarily Disappeareds� Association, Manipur (FIDAM) K Ranjit, on Friday said, �We have seen many inquiries being conducted but there is no report of justice being delivered. So, we are demanding a high level commission of inquiry consisting of competent experts into the case to reveal the truth,� he said.

Eight human skulls, bones, etc., were discovered while labourers were levelling earth at Civil Secretariat in Mantripukhri on December 25 and 26. He further alleged that the government simply made the announcement without giving any time frame for the inquiry as they are more interested in the market construction activities than recovery of human skulls. The relatives, along with activists and functionaries of 40 civil society organisations staged a sit-in demonstration in Imphal.

The demonstration also resolved to immediately halt any further digging in the Tombisana High School premises and to seal off the premises.

It resolved to initiate criminal proceedings if any foul play is found and preserve the bone in a joint custody of FIDAM and the investigating agency.

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