The Manipur Police has taken care of the security of whistle blower commando Thounaojam Herojit Singh and provided two security guards for him. This has been done in compliance to a directive from the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).
The heightened security for Herojit Singh was necessitated following his submission of an affidavit to the Supreme Court on January 8 last claiming to be a key witness in several fake encounters perpetrated by the security agencies in the State.
The affidavit by Herojit Singh, once considered an encounter specialist, was admitted as a criminal miscellaneous petition case in the apex court.
He had claimed to have kept several diaries bearing evidences of police including officers involved in the fake encounters and number of victims.
Herojit Singh also claimed that he fears for his safety, saying in April 2016 he escaped an attempt on his life.
Based on Herojit Singh’s affidavit, the AHRC had directed the Director General of Police in Manipur to provide extra security to the suspended police commando and his family.
Following instructions from the DGP, the Imphal West SP, issued an order detailing two police personnel including a head constable and a constable, to act as personnel security officer (PSO) for Herojit Singh with immediate effect.
In the affidavit, Herojit Singh had pleaded the SC to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to hand over the said diaries which was allegedly confiscated by the CBI from him.
Justices U U Lalit and Madan Lokur heard the plea that the diaries seized by CBI in 2010, where he gave detailed entries of the operations, be produced in court. The apex court then observed that his statements can be recorded by a Chief Judicial Magistrate in Delhi.
After being suspended, Herojit, in January 2016, made a startling revelation that he gunned down reformed militant Chungkham Sanjit inside a pharmacy on B T Road in Imphal after being instructed by a senior officer.