State information commissioner of Manipur, Soibam Ibocha Singh, passed away after battling with COVID-19. He was 63.
Ibocha Singh had also served as IGP in Manipur police.
Born in 1958 at Soibam Leikai in Imphal East district, Ibocha Singh was awarded the President’s Police Medal for his service.
Among others, Manipur Information Commission (MIC) has paid tribute to the dedicated officer.
In a condolence programme held at the MIC’s office premises on August 9, state chief information commissioner (in-charge) Oinam Sunil Singh termed late Ibocha as a ‘great human being’ who always gave a helping hand to his colleagues. He said the state and the MIC have lost a good leader
“Tamo Ibocha was very close to me ever since he was superintendent of police, Imphal West district and I was a journalist. We had shared a close bond. After I came back to Imphal after 16 years, we were together again at the MIC. He was very knowledgeable and I always seek his advice in commission’s matters. The void left by his departure will be hard to fill,” said Oinam Sunil Singh.
He said that besides being the SIC, Ibocha was also the state’s interlocutor in the peace talks with Kuki rebel groups/ Soo groups.
Ibocha Singh was a lecturer in Maharajah Budhchandra College from 1979 to 1983. He joined the Manipur Police Services (MPS) in 1983 and retired as IGP in 2018. During his career in the police department, he had served as superintendent of police of Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Churachandpur and Senapati districts. He got his PhD in community policing.