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File photo of Manipur University. Photo: Northeast Now

The Manipur government has suspended three officials of Sajiwa Central Jail in Imphal for allegedly being involved in cuffing a Manipur University (MU) teacher while producing him for a medical check-up.

Three officials including the head warden were placed under suspension on Thursday, Indian Express reported.

The suspension of the jail staffs comes two days after the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) lodged a suo motto case against the jail authorities and Manipur police terming the incident a serious violation of human rights of the undertrial prisoners, according to the newspaper.

An order issued by the P Doungel, ADGP Jail, said the three jail staffs have been placed under suspension with immediate effect for disciplinary proceedings are contemplated against them.

The ADGP also barred the suspended staffs from leaving their headquarters without prior information to the superintendent of the jail.

Prof. S Dorendrajit, Department of Physics, was one of the six teachers lodged in the Sajiwa Central Jail after being arrested during a raid in MU campus on September 20 midnight.

On September 11, he was brought to JNIMS hospital for a medical examination with his hands cuffed by the jail staff.

The incident invited criticism against the state Government. Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister N Biren Singh assured stringent action against those involved.

The arrested students and teachers of the varsity, including Prof. S. Dorendrajit, were later released on Tuesday after signing a MoU between the agitators and Manipur Government.

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