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Manipur: Human Rights group seeking probe into the death of two Myanmar nationals due to Covid-19 in judicial custody

Two Myanmar nationals, who entered the country allegedly without proper documents died of Covid-19 in Manipur’s judicial custody.

Two months ago, two Myanmar nationals were arrested along with 27 others for illegally entering the country.

The deceased women- Ma Myint(46), and Mukhai(40) were among 29 Myanmar nationals in judicial custody in Churachandpur district.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Alert (HRA), an Imphal-based rights group, has petitioned Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) and sought a directive to the state government for initiating a magisterial inquiry into the alleged “custodial death”.

Babloo Loitongbam, executive director HRA said they tested positive on June 5, and, their state being critical, were admitted to the district hospital. Ma Myint died on June 6, and Mukhai on June 8.

In a letter to MHRC, Loitongbam has alleged that two women died due to deprivation of nutritious food and proper medical attention.

He wrote that HRA had conducted an inquiry into the “custodial death” after receiving a complaint from civic bodies.

He sought the MHRC’s intervention and direct the state government to hold an inquiry by a judicial magistrate.

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