Imphal, April 29
Human Rights initiative vehemently condemn the physical assault to Haobam Bobby, Civil Supply Inspector and Leimapokpam Ibotombi Singh, Area Officer, by the owner and his brother at gun point while they were on duty and checking the M/S Heibok Oil Pump located at Chandranadi Toupokpi on 17th April, 2020 at around 9.30 pm.
A statement of the Rights body said that the two were assaulted at gun point by the owner of M/S Heibok Oil Pump when they paid inspection of the oil pumps located at Imphal West and Imphal East areas in order to regulate distribution of the POL during strict curfew and nationwide lockdown.
The statement said that at the spot they found the counter was light on and requested Mr. Laishram Surjit who was inside the counter to obey with their inspection procedure as they are coming from CAF&PD department. But instead of co-operating to the officials, Surjit who is the younger brother of owner of oil pump from inside the counter came out with a small gun and started assaulting them without giving any proper reason to them. Thereafter, Laishram Suresh of Chajing Konjeng Leikai – owner of pump also joined his brother for torturing the visiting officials continuously after confining them for around two hours. The visiting officials have even shown their ID proofs and other related documents to them but alleged accused obstructed their duty and assaulted them very severely. During the attacks, H. Bobby sustained injuries on his nasal area & left side leg and L. Ibotombi sustained injuries on his facial and head region. Subsequently Bobby has been medically treated at M/S Padma Medicare, RIMS road.
Human Rights Initiative urged the State Government, especially the Home Department to ensure the safety and security of the officials on duty and punishment of the culprits involved in the beating of the government official as per the law of the land. HRI also urged the concerned authority to seal M/S Heibok Oil Pump located at Chandranadi Toupokpi with immediate effect in the larger interest of law and order.