SP Jail clarifies on rape accused mother`s claim

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IMPHAL, January 24: The SP Manipur Central jail and Sajiwa jail today called a press conference regarding the allegations made by the mother of the main accused in the gang rape of a chilly trader. Speaking to the media, I K Muivah SP Manipur Central Jail Imphal and Sajiwa jail said that the allegation made by the Laikhuram Sanatombi mother of Laikhuram Rojit Singh who is also proprietor of Silver Dew mineral water, the main accused in the rape case is baseless and unfortunate. Earlier, the accused`s mother had alleged that the jail authority and SP is not looking after her son is not giving proper treatment to her `ailing` son and that he was being ill treated by the other jail inmates in a press conference held at Manipur press club on Tuesday he said

Regarding the allegation, the SP said that main rape accused Laikhuram Rojit has been in jail custody from 27th March 2012 following which Rojit has been staying in jail till the last week of November before he complained of `back pain`.

“Following his health complaint, Rojit was taken to JNIMS hospital for treatment to a specialist doctor. He has undergone more than 30 medical check ups from November till date. 4 doctors of the jail aided by 8 nurses are ensuring that he gets medical attention as and when needed,”  said I K Muivah.

Regarding the allegation made by the L Sanatombi that Rojit was picked by the jail authority without a medical discharge of the JNIMS, the SP clarified said that Rojit  has been transferred from JNIMS to Sajiwa Jail due to the intelligence report of a security threat to the accused with the possibility of angry protestors against the rape storming the hospital.                 

He further said that the jail authority is provided only 4 lakhs rupees for both the two jails in the state where more than 700 prisoners are lodged. All efforts are being made by the jail authority to provide each and every possible help to the prisoners with the limited available resource he further said, adding that some of the medicine are even bought by the prisoner family after letting them know that all the medical expenditure will be refunded latter by the government through the financial department. 

I K Muivah further clarified that all the allegation made by the family members of the rape accused is due to the denial by the SP himself in the Manipur central Jail when the father of Rojit had approached him to influence the case. Adding that he had clearly explained to the accused`s father that the jail is for keeping the accused/ convicts and looking after and that the health and welfare is done by the jail authority with the limited means available, he added that he had told the father that getting Rojit out on bail on medical ground was to be decided by the court. 

He further said that it is very unfortunate that the jail authority has been charged with such a wrong allegation which can bring a bad image to the society as the jail is one of the correction centre for all who were lodged for any crime they have committed and are looked upon with equal eyes. He affirmed that no one has been ill treated in the jail premises.

I K Muivah further added that the jail authority had provided various systems for jail inmates to correct themselves and get in mainstream after they leave prison by providing bodybuilding equipments, yoga  lessons, free education facility under IGNOU and many other vocational training from time to time.

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