The government of Manipur and ‘Joint Action Committee Against the Brutal Murder of Athuan Abonmai’ today executed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).
The MoA stated the agreement reached today is the outcome of four rounds of talks held on September 26-27, October 3 and October 6 between the chief minister of Manipur and representatives of the JAC led by its convenor Majabung Gangmei and advisor Jangamlung Panmei in the presence of Dr Rajesh Kumar, chief secretary and LM Khaute, DGP and leaders of Zeliangrong Civil Organizations.
The MoA with six Points of Agreement (PoA) was unanimously agreed upon.
The six PoA are, the acknowledgment of FIR lodged into the crime involved in the killing and subsequent hand over of the case to National Investigation Agency (NIA) for investigation.
Inquiry into the facts and circumstances leading to the death of Athuan Abomnai, and to fix responsibility thereof, will be conducted by an officer not below the rank of additional chief secretary to the government of Manipur with a time frame to complete the investigation within 3 months, ‘as far as possible.’ The inquiry will be independent of the investigation to be conducted by NIA and the findings to be submitted to the NIA.
Eldest son of Athuan Abonmai to be appointed to the post of a sub-inspector in Manipur police.
Compensation of Rs. 10 Lakh to next-of-kin.
A suitable site be identified by DC concerned in consultation with JAC for establishing graveyard of Athuan Abonmai, and setting up of a memorial in his memory.
Chief Minister N Biren took to Facebook and said, “After multiple rounds of talks, the JAC against the brutal murder of Shri Athuan Abonmai and the State Government has signed a Memorandum of Agreement today. The following points were unanimously agreed upon: It was acknowledged that the FIR lodged into the crime involved in the killing, has been taken over by the National Investigation Agency for investigation.It was agreed that an inquiry into the facts and circumstances leading to the death of late Shri Athuan Abonmai, and to fix responsibility thereof, will be conducted by an officer, not below the rank of an Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Manipur. As far as possible, the inquiry will be completed within 3 months. The inquiry will be independent of the investigation to be conducted by the NIA, and the findings thereof may be submitted to the NIA. It was agreed that the eldest son of late Shri Athuan Abonmai will be appointed to the post of Sub Inspector of Police in the Manipur Police Department. It was agreed that an amount of Rs. 10 Lakh will be paid as per compensation to the next-of-kin of late Shri Athuan Abonmai. It was agreed that a suitable site will be identified by the Deputy Commissioner concerned in consultation with the JAC for establishing a graveyard of late Shri Athuan Abonmai, and where a Memorial could be set up in his memory. It was agreed that the JAC will suspend all forms of agitation and extend cooperation to the police and all investigating agencies to facilitate the early completion of the investigation. The JAC will take steps for receiving custody of the dead body of the late Shri Athuan Abonmai for conducting a funeral, with assistance from the Deputy Commissioner concerned.”
(The news item was first published in Ukhrul Times)