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CORE Centre for Organisation Research & Education

Indigenous Peoples Centre for Policy and Human Rights in Indias Eastern Himalayan Territories NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

URGENT APPEAL

CORE/UA/2011/ED-010

INDIA: Arbitrary Detention, Fear of Torture and Enforced Disappearance of Indigenous Person Originator: Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE) Ibotombi Building, Opposite 1st MR Ground, Babupara Imphal - 795001, Manipur INDIA Tel/Fax: + 91- 385 2441319 Email: administrator@coremanipur.org Date and Time: 1600 hours IST, 26th August 2011 SUMMARY On the 18th August 2011 at about 07:00 PM an indigenous Meitei (Manipuri) person, Mr. Gurumayum Jiteshwor alias G.M. Changjou alias Gypsy (49), s/o (late) Gurumayum Goshai Sharma, a resident of Nagamapal Singjubung Leirak, Imphal was reportedly picked up by personnel belonging to the Assam Rifles, an Indian Paramilitary Force and members of the NSCN-IM (Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland- Isaac Muivah) from Duncan Basti near SM College, Dimapur City in Nagaland State of India, without issuing an arrest memo. Till the date of this communication, Mr. Gurumayums whereabouts remains unknown. At around 10:05 pm of the same night of his arrest, his family members at Imphal reportedly received an SMS text from the mobile phone of Mr. Gurumayum written as Ei AR amadi NSCN-IM na Phaare (I have been captured by AR and NSCN-IM). It was reported that the Police Stations of Dimapur City maintained that Mr. Gurumayum has not been handed over to their custody. On the 19th August, 2011, a formal letter to the Director General of Police of Manipur was submitted by Mrs. Gurumayum Radha Devi, mother of victim reporting his sons disappearance, circumstances and seeking help of Manipur Police in finding the whereabouts of her son. Till date, the DGP or his office has not responded to the letter.

Till the filing of this report, there is no information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Gurumayum. Name of Victim: Mr. Gurumayum Jiteshwor alias G.M. Changjou alias Gypsy (49 years old) s/o (late) Gurumayum Goshai Sharma
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CORE Centre for Organisation Research & Education


Indigenous Peoples Centre for Policy and Human Rights in Indias Eastern Himalayan Territories NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Residential Address: Khwai Nagamapal Singjubung Leirak, under Lamphel Police Station, Imphal West District 795001 Manipur INDIA Date of incident: 18th August 2011 at about 07:00 PM (IST) Place of incident: Duncan Basti, Dimapur, Nagaland, India Alleged Perpetrators: 1. Indian Paramilitary Forces allegedly belonging to a unit of the Assam Rifles 2. NSCN-IM (Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland- Isaac Muivah), an armed opposition group presently engaged in a cease-fire and talks with the government of India Event description: On the 18th August 2011 at about 07:00 PM, an indigenous person belonging to the Meitei people, Mr. Gurumayum Jiteshwor was reportedly picked up by some alleged unidentified armed security personnel from his residence located at Duncan Basti in Dimapur. No arrest memo was issued. The whereabouts of Mr. Gurumayum was kept unknown to his family. It was informed that no clear news could be ascertained nor by whom he was arrested and where he was detained nor any information of being handed over to any police station in and around Dimapur, Nagaland. It was reported that two Manipuri speaking unidentified persons in civilian clothes reportedly came into the residence located at Dimapur where Mr. Gurumayum was staying along with his family. After a brief conversation the two forced Mr. Gurumayum to come along with them wherein an altercation erupted. Mr. Gurumayum was beaten up by the two persons. While resisting, one of them tried to put a pistol onto his back. Later the two dragged him down, and they were joined by others who were dressed in plain clothes, and had been waiting outside. After the sudden commotion, another two persons burst in one after the other. They were reported to be personnel of Indian security forces in full uniform. At the time of his arrest, it was alleged that, a personal laptop, a portable play station and some unaccounted personal gold ornaments belonging to his spouse and children were taken along by the said individuals. According to reliable sources, on the morning August 19, 2011 at 10:05 AM an SMS text by in Meitei language sent presumably by Mr. Gurumayum was received to the cell phone (mobile) of one the victims family members in Imphal. On the same day another SMS was also received later in the evening at 03:05 pm. One of the text messages sent in Meitei language read as Im captured by AR & NSCN.
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CORE Centre for Organisation Research & Education


Indigenous Peoples Centre for Policy and Human Rights in Indias Eastern Himalayan Territories NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

It was reported that after the second SMS communication Mr. Gurumayums mobile phone was switched off. Some local dailies in Manipur reported that Mr. Gurumayum has been arrested by two Manipuri speaking personnel in civil dress along with some army personnel suspected to be from the Assam rifles. A formal letter was submitted on August 19, 2011 to the DGP (Directorate General of Police) Government of Manipur by Mrs. Gurumayum Radha Devi, mother of Mr. Gurumayum reporting his sons disappearance, circumstances and seeking help from Manipur Police in finding the whereabouts of Mr. Gurumayum. The DGP and his office have not responded. Concerned for Mr. Gurumayums personal safety and life, on the 20th August 2011, it was reported that family members filed a formal complaint of missing person at Dimapur West Police Station, Nagaland. On 23rd August 2011, an emergency public meeting was called jointly by the Khwai Singjubung Leirak Womens Welfare Association and Singjubung Leirak Youth Organization. The Emergency meeting unanimously resolved to demand the Manipur government to find out the whereabouts of Mr. Gurumayum. The meeting also resolved to take up various democratic protest actions if the government failed to provide information regarding the location of Mr. Gurumayum before 25th August 2011. In the meantime, on the 24th August 2011, a large number of women staged a sit-in-protest at Khwai Singjubung Leirak Machin against the alleged concealing of information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Gurumayum. Some of the placards were read as Are we living in a country where rule of law prevails? Inform the whereabouts of Mr. Sharma the earliest.

Follow up: Authorities in Nagaland and Manipur have not responded to the alleged enforced disappearance of Mr. Gurumayum. The DGP has not registered and treated the complaint made by his mother in a letter dated 20th August 2011 as an FIR, in accordance to law. No action has been initiated, as per reports from his family, by the government of Manipur or Nagaland against any alleged perpetrators till the filing of this report. No information of the victim was received by his family. Action requested:
1. Enforce the guarantee in all circumstances of the personal safety and life of Mr.

Gurumayum Jiteshwor Sharma under Article 21 of Indian Constitution. 2. Order an immediate, thorough, effective, transparent and impartial investigation or enquiry into the matter of the complaint made by the victims mother, and book those found guilty according to law.
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CORE Centre for Organisation Research & Education


Indigenous Peoples Centre for Policy and Human Rights in Indias Eastern Himalayan Territories NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

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