Militant’s death in police custody triggers protest in Mnp

Militant’s death in police custody triggers protest in Mnp
People throng Kangpokpi police station following death of a cadre in police custody on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 28 | Publish Date: 1/28/2020 12:39:48 PM IST

Normal vehicular movement along NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur section) was hit in Kangpokpi district on Tuesday after residents rose up in protest after a man died in police custody.

The protestors vandalised the police station at Kangpokpi district headquarters besides imposing a road blocked on the highways demanding justice for the victim. Thangboi Louvum of Kangpokpi who was arrested as a cadre of Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA), an armed wing of Kuki National Organisation (KNO), was found dead in the police lock-up early Tuesday morning. KNO is one of the two umbrella bodies of various Kuki-based militant groups under suspension of operation truce with Centre and state government. The alleged KRA cadre was apprehended by troops of 38 Assam Rifles at Kangpokpi on January 25 last and handed over to Kangpokpi police station. Locals suspected that he died of excessive torture in the custody of the security force.  Demanding justice for the deceased victim, a large number of people rose up and thronged the Kangpokpi police station. They ransacked furniture including desktop computers inside the police station.

After coming out of the station, they blocked the highway that passes through the district headquarters.

The blocking of the road continued till the time of filing this report even as there was report of district administration holding talks with the leaders of the civil society organisations.

In the first round of talks held at the office of the Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Kangpokpi, the CSOs demanded immediate suspension of police personnel involved in the custodial death case and conduct judicial enquiry. They further demanded compensation of Rs five lakh each to the three children of the deceased and a government job to his wife. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children.  CSO leaders affirmed firm that the body of the cadre would not be accepted until and unless government agreed to their demands.

Reports said that the district administration has agreed to some of the demands but has approached the higher authority of the state government regarding other demands beyond their purview.


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