Critical phase in fight against custodial deaths: EEVFAM

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IMPHAL, July 11: The Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association Manipur (EEVFAM) has reaffirmed its stand to fight till the murderers of innocent people under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1958 are awarded with befitting punishment during the observation of its 7th foundation day held at Kwakeithel Thiyam Leikai Community Hall here today.

People who had lost their sons, husbands and brothers at the hands of state and central forces while giving their testimonies re-assured themselves to carry on the fight together till justice is delivered to the departed souls.

Renu Takhellambam, president of EEVFAM, lauded the apex court’s partial verdict passed on July 8 after hearing its plea for enquiry into 1,528 cases of extra-judicial killing and remarked that the efforts of the families have not gone in vain. However, now is the most important juncture to push forward the cases, she said appealing to all the victim families to join hand together till justice is delivered to each one of them.

Babloo Loitongbam, executive director of Human Rights Alert, while seeking coordination among victim families in every stage of fighting the cases, encouraged the families of extrajudicial victims with the suggestion that after the Supreme Court’s order high level officials involved in the killings must have been shaken.

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