Imphal, April 7
Human Rights Defenders’ Alert, India has taken serious note to what the organization term as Illegal detention and arbitrary arrest of Mr. Takhenchangbam Shadishkanta and Khangjrakpam
Phajaton of the Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) April 1, 2020 and April 2, 2020 respectively by state government authority for issuing a press statement t on April 1, expressing serious concerns about government utilising the paddy field of Langthabal Phumlou Loukol to set up a quarantine facility which will significantly threaten right to food, food sovereignty and livelihood of farmers and people who are dependent on the said field
A complaint lodged to the National Human Rights Commission, the HRDA stated that the Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) is an organisation established in April 2016. It said that YFPHR’s member are the victims of violation committed by the state.
The members include the survivor of sexual violence, victims of armed conflict who lost their parents, internally displaced youth due to developmental projects, victims of atrocities committed by the state actors. YFPHR works across the seven states of the Northeast Region of India, committed to address the issue of the Indigenous people rights and human rights in general.
Mr. Takhenchangbam Shadishkanta and Khangjrakpam Phajaton have been
spearheading YFPHR for the past three years. The HRDA alleges that no arrest memo were provided at the time of arrest but both were forced to sign the arrest memo without mentioning the time of arrest and other details at Porompat Police Station.
The HRDA appealed to the NHRC, to examine compliance with all the mandatory procedures on arrest and detention laid down in the CrPC, DK Basu Guidelines, NHRC Guidelines on
Arrest and applicable judgments of the Supreme Court.
It urged the NHRC to Consider initiating an immediate independent inquiry through NHRC’s own investigation division and direct the Director General of Police, Manipur to
submit urgently – All records (FIR copy, arrest memos, medico-legal certificate, certified
copy of inspection memo) pertaining to the FIR Number 67(4) of 2020 registered at Porompat PS, Copies of written summon under Section 160 of the CrPC, Copies of medical report as conducted under Section 54 of the CrPC among others