Security Forces Harassing Parents of UG Cadre

Shillong, 4 June-2014: More than a year after their daughter had joined an underground outfit, parents of Alice Kamei are experiencing a harrowing time with security force personnel allegedly harassing them. Alice Kamei was just 16 years old when she reportedly joined the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) on March 13, 2013. At that time the parents of Alice Kamei had filed a missing report to the police. They also accused the underground outfit of abducting their daughter to join the militant organisation against her will.

Security Forces Harassing Parents of UG Cadre

Security Forces Harassing Parents of UG Cadre

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One year down the line on April 6 midnight seven security force personnel entered Alice Kamei’s house at Nambol Isok Chingfu Kabui khul of Bishenpur district and asked the whereabouts of Alice Kamei to the family members. At the time Alice Kamei’s father Chakri Tombi Kamei and her mother Sundari Kamei were sleeping in a room and Alice’s brother Boboi on the other room.
Narrating the ordeal today before media persons here, Chakri Tombi Kamei said security personnel accused him of lying saying Alice had come home. When he refuted their version, the security force personnel kept pressing to disclose the whereabouts of Alice Kamei. Some of the jawans were also interrogating Alice’s brother Boboi in the other room in the same time. The jawans told Chakri Tombi Kamei that Boboi had said Alice had come. The security force personnel even threatened to take him away with them. When his wife Sundari cried out the jawans warned her too that she will also be taken away if she makes noise. The jawans then asked for Alice’s father’s phone number. When he was looking for his phone number the jawans left the house. Boboi later told his father that he had also told the security personnel that Alice never came again to the house ever since she left last year.
Again, on May 31 at around 3:30 pm while Chakri Tombi Kamei was repairing his cycle at Isok Bazar Manipur police including a woman police personnel came near him in four vehicles. They told him that Alice used to come to the house. The police asked the whereabouts of Alice at the moment saying she was at home then. “I told them that ever since she left home there was no more contacts with her,” Chakri Tombi said.
Meanwhile, joining the press meet, Human Rights Alert (HRA) executive director Babloo Loitongbam appealed to the armed groups not to recruit minors into their fold saying it is against international law. Loitangbam also said any child below 15 years should not be in the armed groups. Loitangbam then said the security force personnel coming to Alice Kamei’s house and harassing her parents is akin to encouraging Alice Kamei not to return from the militant outfit. Manipur Alliance for Child Rights Convener A. Pradip Kumar urged the security force personnel to immediately stop harassing and intimidating Alice Kamei’s family members. Kumar said that harassing the parents of Alice Kamei who had filed an FIR on the missing of their daughter is unfortunate.