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Month after Sanaton’s death, family says no hope from magisterial inquiry


Sanaton’s father, Tikendra Athokpam alleged that FIR has not been registered till date to prove that Sanaton died by suicide. 

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A month after the death of a RIMS student, late Sanaton Athokpam, his family on Thursday expressed that there is no hope from the magisterial enquiry, stating that it is being conducted just for namesake. They also expressed unhappiness with the way the inquiry is being conducted. 

Speaking to media persons at the residence of the deceased at Khurai Thangjam Leikai, father of late Sanaton Athokpam, Tikendra prayed for support from the CSOs, NgOs, media and others in finding out the truth about the death of his son. We have explored whatever ways possible in our capacity, but to no avail, he lamented.

The inquiry which was constituted on March 17, under CrPC 176, should have been conducted in close association with the family members or relatives, as per the provisions, Tikendra said. However, no statement has been taken from the family members, he lamented. 

Maintaining that no FIR has been registered till date, he said that the complaint made by the family must be lying somewhere. He also alleged that the FIR has not been registered to prove that Sanaton died by suicide. 

Condemning efforts to “construed the truth”, Tikendra urged the authorities to conduct the investigation and inquiry properly. 

He also said that no relevant documents have been provided to the family, despite requests for the same. Some may be confidential, but not even the death certificate has been provided, he lamented. 

An MBBS student at RIMS, Sanaton Athokpam of Khurai Thangjam Leikai was allegedly found dead hanging inside his hostel room on March 15. Demanding to find out the truth behind the death, Justice for Sanaton Athokpam has been spearheading the protests for the last one month.

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