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Misuse of law, fabricated charges, arbitrary detention and arrest under UAPA of activist Yumkhaibam Bimol Meitei for a speech critical of the Manipur Government

Yumkhaibam Bimol

HRD

Manipur

HRDA has issued an urgent appeal to the National Human Rights Commission of India on December 23 2021 regarding the misuse of law, arbitrary detention, and arrest and fabricated charges under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on HRD Mr. Yumkhaibam Bimol Meitei for a speech critical of the Manipur Government.

Mr. Yumkhaibam Bimol Meitei is an activist working for the protection of indigenous people in Manipur for decades. On 5th December Mr. Meitei attended an election rally of Ms. Thounaojam Brinda at Yaiskul Kendra, where gave a speech on the current situation of Governance in Manipur. Two days later, a team of 4-5 police officials from Imphal East police came to Mr. Meitei’s residence and took him illegally in a Gypsy jeep without following any arrest procedures but told his family to meet Mr. Bimol at Commando Complex Minuthong at 9 am. He was not allowed to meet them.

On 7th December 2021, an FIR was registered against the HRD by K. Dhananjay Singh, SDPO Thoubal, under section 39/40 UAPA and Section 40-A. As per the narrative of Manipur police's arrest memo, he was arrested at 4.40 pm and he was produced before the magistrate the next day. Again he was produced before the CJM, who released him, scolding the police. However, to date, the written release order has not been given to the family despite their repeated requests. Mr. Meitei now fears for his life.

We believe that the police have misused the law and their powers and have behaved arbitrarily, violating multiple sections of the DK Basu guidelines along with the violation of Article 22(2) and Article 19 (a).

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