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Manipur probe panel begins work
 IMPHAL, March 3 – With the three-member inquiry commission appointed by the Supreme Court of India already setting up its office here, the proceeding for probe into six different cases of extra-judicial killings that took place in Manipur in the recent past begins at the Classic Hotel conference here from today.

On the first day of the hearing, the inquiry commission led by retired Supreme Court Justice N Santosh Hegde began to record the statements of as many as seven witnesses of five different alleged fake encounter killing cases since morning till 6:30 pm. The other two members of the commission are former Chief Election Commissioner of India JM Lyngdoh and retired DGP of Karnaka Police Ajay Kumar Singh.

A tight security arrangement was also made in and around the hotel premises in order to avoid any unwanted incidents. The hearing of the commission will continue till March 6.

The cousels of the Manipur Police and Assam Rifles cross-examined the witnesses in the day’s session. The inquiry commission is expected to record the statements of the involved security personnel in the subsequent days, sources added.

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