CBI on Thursday filed a chargesheet against nine Manipur police personnel in connection with the sensational killing of an unarmed youth here last year which had led to protests in the state.
Citing over 250 witnesses, CBI has filed the chargesheet under various sections of IPC, including murder, against the commandos of Manipur Police and the then Officer in Charge of City Police Station Imphal in connection with the killing of Sanjit Meitei on July 23, 2009.
The chargesheet was filed against Inspectors Munal Singh, H Devendra Singh, head constables Thounaojam Herojit Singh, Oinam Keshor Singh, constables W Binoy Kumar Singh, Mohammad Imran Khan, Makan Kanchung Chothi, havaldar Jagat Singh and rifleman Ngangom Toyaima Singh, a CBI statement said.
The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal has taken cognizance of the chargesheet and have issued warrant of arrest against the accused persons, the agency said.
Meitei was killed by last year by police commandos who had alleged that he was gunned down in an encounter.
However, days after the alleged encounter, a national weekly came out with pictures of an unarmed Meitei being taken into a shop where he was allegedly shot dead.
In a writ petition, Meitei's mother alleged that her son was shot dead arbitrarily by the Manipur Police commandos.
The Guwahati High Court's Imphal Bench had on December 23, 2009 had transferred the investigation to the CBI.
As per the police version, an FIR was lodged in the City PS against an unknown youth (later identified as Sanjit) on July 23, who was allegedly shot dead in retaliatory firing by police commandos on BT Road. Pursuant to the High Court orders, CBI registered a case against some personnel of Manipur Police on January 16, 2010.
As per the CBI investigation on July 23 last year, the Manipur police commandos, doing their routine frisking on B T Road, came across a youth who fired at them and mingled with the crowd. The police also fired in retaliation in which five persons were injured and one pregnant woman was killed.
Police cordoned the area and started search operations. Meitei, who was present on B T Road, was picked up by police and taken inside the store room of a pharmacy.
"He was not armed at that time and was accosted by the commandos and shot dead by them and a pistol was shown falsely recovered from him. Investigation revealed that there was no such pistol in possession of Sanjit Meitei and police planted the same after it was picked up from nearby GSS Arcade, minutes before the encounter," CBI said.
CBI has cited over 250 witnesses and 125 documents besides several articles along with the chargesheet.