Imphal Police officer denies head constable’s allegations

Imphal, Jan 28 (IANS) Imphal Superintendent of Police Akoijam Jhalajit late on Wednesday denied Head Constable Thounaojam Herojit’s charges that he gave orders to kill an unarmed former insurgent.

“I deny the allegations against me by Herojit. They are motivated, concocted and baseless. I do not like to make further comments since it is sub judice,” Jhalajit said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Herojit who went “missing” from the Tulihal international airport soon after his arrival from New Delhi has confirmed to a reporter of Imphal Free Press that he was safe and sound.

The developments come shortly after Home Minister Rajnath Singh promised action on Herojit’s claim over the killing of the ex-insurgent, Chungkham Sanjit.

A former insurgent, Sanjit had given up militancy. He was allegedly trapped inside a chemist’s shop on B.T. Road in Imphal, and a few minutes later his body was dragged out by security personnel on July 23, 2009.

Police told the media that he was killed in an exchange of fire. The CBI, which probed the case after public outcry, however accused Head Constable Herojit of killing Sanjit.

Herojit later said he committed the killing on the orders of a senior officer.

Top leaders of the government, including the chief minister, are tight-lipped over the case that has garnered national headlines.

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