Imphal, Oct 2
Anguish over the mysterious death of 14 years old girl at her hostel room on July 17 midnight is still giving sleepless night to the members of the JAC formed against the death as their demand for handing over the case to the CBI has not been fulfilled even after 2 and half months. The JAC was formed terming the death as mysterious one but later after finding clue of possible murder, the JAC was renamed as against murder of the class VII girl student, said the Convenor of the JAC L. Gyaneshwari, while talking to this reporter. She said that the JAC has been suspecting foul game to the heinous incident and today after an armed organization claimed the murder to have been committed after being sexually assaulted, the JAC now is convinced that the 14 years old girl has been murdered after being sexually assaulted.
“We are not simply guessing it on the claim of the armed rebel group, but we do have photographs which showed sign of physical assault at one of her knees”, a JAC member told this journalist showing the photograph they had taken on July 18 before conducting post mortem at RIMS.
“At first we suspect foul play but could not spell it out, but as the armed group had said that they have evidence of sexual assault before she was hanged to death, we are now convinced”, the JAC member said in the presence of their Convenor L. Gyaneshwari.
Earlier, in a press meet held at the Library of THAU at Thangmeiband, Convenor of the JAC L. Gyaneshwari said that as there have been prima facie evidences of sexual assault, POCSO act should also be incorporated in addition to Section 302 while investigating the said case.
Gyaneshwari said that the JAC do not have any confidence to the state police that has been investigating the case as the Investigating officer (IO) submitted erroneous report to the law court. That is why we have been demanding for handing of the case to CBI, she said.
“We want the culprits responsible for the killing be booked under 302 of the IPC and not under 420 of the IPC”, Gyaneshwari said.
She warned the authority of serious consequences if the two detained in custody in connection with the death of the school girl are released on bail. Bail hearing of the two – Landhoni and Romita is scheduled on October 4 at lower court after the Manipur High Court had rejected the plea some days back.
The JAC warned serious agitation if the two are released on bail.
When asked about the agitation, Gyaneshwari said that as of now the JAC has been offering prayers for justice to the victim girl by hoisting black flag. In addition to this the JAC has been meeting the MLAs of both opposition and ruling for helping the JAC in delivering justice to the deceased girl by giving pressure to the government for handing of the case to the CBI.
“So far we have met MLA Khumukcham Joykishan and MLA Th. Lokeshwar. We tried to meet Works Minister Th. Bishwajit but could not as he seems to be occupied with some other works. We have also sought appointment for the Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla but as of now we are not getting it”, Gyaneshwari said.
The JAC had met the Governor of Manipur on September 11. During the meeting Dr. Najma Heptulla had assured the JAC members to provide all possible help in handing over the case to the CBI. The JAC is meeting the Governor once more to remind her assurance.
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