A Manipur Police commando team had on September 14 picked up green activist Jiten Yumnam from the Imphal airport before he could board a flight to Delhi en route to Bangkok to attend a UN meet on climate change.
A day later, he had to undergo treatment at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Imphal. The medical report, accessed by HT, makes it apparent Yumnan was tortured in custody.
“General weakness – 1 day, pain private parts after electric shock,” reads the report.
Yumnam and the others were booked under the Official Secrets Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. They were scheduled to be produced before the court on 29 September.
Yumnam was one of the eight members of the All Manipur United Clubs Organisation that had been upping the ante against the Okram Ibobi Singh government after a series of “fake encounters”.
He also happens to be one of the strongest voices against the controversial Tipaimukh Dam that Bangladesh is also opposed to.
Environmentalists have been opposing construction of the 1500 MW Tipaimukh hydro-electric project on Barak and Tuivai rivers saying it would displace tens of thousands of villagers and submerge agricultural and forest land.
“Yumnam has been motivating youth to engage in constructive dialogues with governments in the backdrop of development aggression and extreme forms of militarisation... (in) Northeast,” said a spokesperson of Asia-Pacific Indigenous Youth Network.
Kohima-based environment rights activist Mmhonlümo Kikon said the police were waiting for Yumnam to move out of Imphal so that they could legitimise arrest and imply he was trying to flee.
SSP Imphal West district L Kailun told HT, “I’ve not seen the medical report.If such a thing has occurred, I will definitely look into it...”.