Manipur: Inquiry Commission chairman and his team visits relief camps in Imphal

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Imphal: Justice Ajai Lamba, former Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court and his team probing the Manipur violence made a visit at relief camps and met the displaced persons in Imphal East and Imphal West on Thursday.

The chairman was accompanied by Devesh Deval, Secretary, Commission of Inquiry, Kh Diana Devi, deputy commissioner, Imphal East and other officers from the state home department.

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The team visited the relief camps at Urup OBC Girls Hostel relief camp and Sports Hostel No. 2, Khuman Lampak relief camp and interacted with the inmates. The inmates of these reliefs camps were mostly from Moreh, Churachandpur, Sadu Yengkhoman, Ekou and Dolaithabi whose houses have been burnt, said Imphal East DC said in a press statement.

According to Imphal East DC, the team also visited the relief camp at Mekola Gulab Hr. Sec. School of Imphal West district in the presence of Th Kirankumar, DC Imphal West. Most of the inmates in this camp are displaced from Churachandpur district, it said.

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Stating that the interaction was in connection to the general process of inquiry, the chairman requested full co-operation from the inmates during the process in order to expedite the inquiry and to join hands in bringing peace in the state.

It may be noted that in June the Center has constituted a three-member Commission of Inquiry headed by former Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court to probe the ethnic clash broke out in Manipur since May 3. The sporadic violence has already killed more than hundred of people and displaced over 40,000 persons internally.

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The Inquiry Commission will probe the causes and spread of the violence and all the facts relating to such violence and see whether there were any lapses or dereliction of duty in this regard on the part of any of the responsible authorities/individuals.

The Commission will also consider complaints or allegations made by individuals or associations, accompanied by relevant affidavits, as well as instances related to the Terms of References brought to its attention by the Manipur government.

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The panel is required to submit its findings to the Central government within the next six months from the date of its first sitting. Also, the commission, however, if it deems fit, can make interim report to the Center before the stipulated timeline.

Imphal has been designated as the headquarters of the Commission.

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