The HRA informs that it is of the opinion that the killing of Singh is intended to generate asense of fear and to silence the media from exposing the criminals within the lawenforcement agencies.”
Please write to the authorities in India urging them1.
To conduct prompt, objective and transparent investigation into the incident.2.
To bring the perpetrators of these ghastly acts to book and punish them as per law.3.
To pay adequate compensation to the dependants/relatives of the deceased.4.
To ensure security of the life of journalists.5.
To protect the right to freedom of expression and thought of the people by going hardon those elements who pose threat to it.
you may forward the following letter adjusting the salutation part to the addresses givenbellow:
ToThe Prime Minister of India,
Prime Minister’s Office, Room No. 152,South Block, New DelhiSubject:
Urgent Appeal Regarding Killing of Journalist in Imphal, Manipur.
I am informed by reliable sources that a young journalist Mr. Konsam Rishikanta Singh, agedabout 22 years was killed on 17 November, 2008. Singh was the Junior Sub-Editor of one of the prominent English language daily--the Imphal Free Press (IFP). On November 17, Singhwas expected to join duty at his office at 5pm since he was assigned the night shift. However,while Singh failed to report to work, an unidentified person called the editor of IFP, Mr.Pradeep Phanjaobam, on his mobile telephone and enquired whether Singh has reported toduty. When Phanjaobam informed that Singh has not reported to work, the caller informedPhanjaobam that Singh was shot dead near Langol area.Huiyen Lanpao, a local daily in Manipur was also informed about Singh's murder. Reportersand friends from Huiyen Lanpao rushed to the area where Singh was reportedly shot at. Asthey reached the area, they could see commandos from the Manipur State Police at the crimescene. It is also reported that the area where Singh was shot at is a high security area where aperson to enter or depart from the area has to clear at least three security gates staffed by statesecurity forces.The body was soon removed from the scene and an autopsy was conducted at the RegionalInstitute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal. It is reported that there were three projectileinjuries on the body, one below the chin and two on the upper torso. While the detailed