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Manipur: Probe finds lapses in custodial death

July 28, 2004 18:27 IST

The court of inquiry instituted by Assam Rifles for investigating into the custodial death of 30-year-old Th Manorama Devi has found 'some lapses' by the personnel of the paramilitary force in implementation of instructions issued to them by the army authorities.

A defence release said on Wednesday the court of inquiry unearthed some lapses on the part of the Assam Rifles personnel regarding the implementation of instructions issued to them by the authorities.

The court of inquiry has completed its findings after inquiring into the circumstances that led to the killing of Manorama Devi.

The allegation, however, regarding rape could be ascertained only after forensic report was received by the army court from the state authorities, the release said.

It said the army authorities were committed to bring the case to its logical conclusion at the earliest and take appropriate action against those found guilty.

Meanwhile, the C Upendra judicial commission has begun the hearing to find out circumstances of the death, official sources said.

The commission, which began its hearing from Monday, would also make an on-the-spot study of the incident by visiting Manorama Devi's house at Bamo Kampu area, about 6 kms south of Imphal and the place where her dead body was found.

The commission has so far heard three persons, including the brother of the victim, the sources said, adding the report was likely to be submitted within one month from the first day of the hearing.

The one-man commission had been instituted by the state government on July 12. Manorama Devi who was picked up by 17th Assam Rifles personnel on July 10 from her house after serving the arrest memo. Her bullet-riddled body bearing torture marks was found the next day.

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