Imphal, Feb 27,
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, today called on the Peoples’ Action Committee (PAC) formed in connection with the death of Pravish Chanam to call off the total shut down called from tomorrow (18/2/2018) midnight as the government too is seriously working on with all possible way to ensure justice to the student who was found dead on September 8 , 2017 in suspicious manner.
The Chief Minister’s appeal came up today afternoon after Congress MLA K. Ranjit put up the matter as calling attention motion during today’s session of the state Legislative Assembly and demanded an appeal to the people. N. Biren Singh, who is also the leader of the house said that the state government after taking a cabinet decision has recommended to urge the UP government to hand over the case to CBI and in a reply to a civil society group the CBI had stated that they could not take up the case as there are expert police team who are expert in handling such case. The letter was sent to the President of Kangla Imphal Lup on September 20, 2018, the Chief Minister added.
K. Ranjit while drawing the attention of the house regarding the suspicious dead of Pravish Chanam and the demand by the PAC formed in connection with the dead said that students from the North East States felt insecure even the national capital as incidents similar to that of Pravish Chanam happened many times. Showing photos of the victims from North East states, Ranjit said that people suspect the crime to have been committed by a group of human organ traffickers. The opposition MLA while acknowledging the seriousness of the government in handling the case questioned on why the investigation has not been completed till today even after the Chief Minister himself assured the PAC on November 21st, 2018 that justice will be brought in three day after the PAC threatened to boycott the Sangai Tourism Festival.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh while replying to the calling attention motion further stated that , soon after the incident happen the state government sent Additional DGP Pramod Asthana to assist the UP police in investigating the matters.
“November 6, 2018, state cabinet took a decision to urge both the Union Home Minister and the Chief Minister of UP to hand over the case to the CBI”, Biren said. He added that after the cabinet meeting he met the Chief Minister of UP twice and discussed over the matter. The UP Chief Minister assured to hand over the case to the CBI but the CBI refuse to take the case as there are competent police authority which could handle the matter.
The Chief Minister while appealing the PAC to call of the total shut down called said that his government will be sending another state police team to assist the UP police for speeding up the investigation and deliver justice to Pravish Channam.