Wednesday, February 21, 2024

M’pur govt to find strategy to deal with NSA cases

Authorities of the Manipur government said it was thinking of comprehensive procedures to be followed in dealing and disposal National Security Act (NSA) cases at the quickest way for which state chief secretary, Rakesh has convened a high level meeting on February 17, an official said Sunday.
Out of 475 prisoners currently lodging in jails at Manipur, 166 including 11 women are meeting NSA terms with the detention orders issued by the district magistrates and 78 including nine women are militants under trial.
Of the total 475 prisoners, maximum of them that is 417 are lodged at Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa, of which 62 of them including nine women under trial underground activists (which government classified as extremists), 21 are undergrounds and other persons under trial under Arms Act while 173 including 12 are convicted while 134 of them are NSA detainees. Only one person among the prisons was a striker, according to a latest statement on prison population submitted by the jail authority to the state home department which the department consider necessary for the scheduled meeting.
Apart from this currently six prisoners are in the security ward of the JN hospital, Porompat which could be counted as strength of the Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa, and are lodged there for attending medical treatment.
Out of the six, three including one woman are NSA detainees, one each of under trial, convicted and female striker. A total of 50 prisoners are currently lodging in the Manipur Central Jail, Imphal. Among them 28 are NSA detainees, 15 are under trial and seven are convicted. 43 of them are militants belonging to PREPAK, PLA and UNLF. Of the 17 PREPAK militants, 13 are NSA detenus while four are under trial, 13 each are PLA (9-NSA detenu, 4-UTP) and UNLF (6-NSA and 7-UTP). Two more prisoners from the Imphal Central Jail are currently lodging at the same JN Hospital, Porompat. One of them is PREPAK cadre meeting NSA term and the other convicted prisoner. Official analysis observed that the NSA detainees and under trial prisoner more than others which their cases need to be disposed off at the quickest way.
In order to find a procedures which could expedite and dispose cases of NSA detainees, state chief secretary is convening the high level meeting which the state DGP, additional chief secretary who is holding the charge of home department, law secretary, all district magistrates and district superintendent of police and government advocates (high court), the official source said. The objective of the meeting was to discuss and chalk out procedures which can dispose the pending cases related with the state NSA detainees, the source added.
Meanwhile, sittings of the Advisory Board of the NSA held on February 12, 13 and 14 examined the cases of detention of six militants and two vehicle lifters and recommended for issued of confirmation to the state home department, source said.

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