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Villagers storm AR camp over arrest of two in Manipur

Villagers storm AR camp over arrest of two in Manipur
Villagers protesting against arrest of two brothers by Assam Rifles block a road in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Tuesday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 29 | Publish Date: 12/29/2020 12:11:18 PM IST

A large number of villagers on Tuesday stormed an Assam Rifles camp in Manipur’s Churachandpur district to protest against picking up two villagers.

Troops of 25 Assam Rifles posting at its P Sejol post in Churachandpur’s Henglep subdivision reportedly picked up two brothers - Onkholun (37) son of Thangneh of Tuilaphai village and his younger brother Khawmkhogin (35) - on December 27 afternoon.

The duo was allegedly picked by the troops led by one major, allegedly in connection with a murder case.

Alleging that the troops of Assam Rifles failed to hand over the siblings to the local police station, a large number of villagers stormed the Assam Rifles post on Tuesday.

The protestors alleged that as per law any person arrested by the security forces should be handed over to the local police station within 24 hours.

While storming the Assam Rifles post, the protestors demanded release of the duo and demanded the reason behind the non-handing over of them to the police.

Reports said that villagers were backed by Tuila and Songpi Village Areas Chief Association and Kuki Women Union (KWU) and villagers of around 40 villages participated in the protest.

The protest started blocking the Tipaimukh Road that passes through their villages after they converged at Tuilaphai village market areas early today morning. The protesters lit debris and logs on the road.

They marched towards the Assam Rifles camp at P Sejol around 11.30 am and knocked at the gate to release the siblings who were picked up.

The angry villagers tried to break the gate while engaging in scuffle with the personnel on duty at the gate.

Demanding release of the duo, the protestors insisted the Assam Rifles authorities to give reasons behind non-handing over the detained individuals to the nearest police station within 24 hours of arrest.

The protesters remained seated near the camp till the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, a highly reliable source said that the Assam Rifles have transported the two individuals to Imphal by helicopter and handed over to Imphal police station late Tuesday afternoon.

 

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