Sunday, August 14, 2022

Chaos in Imphal court complex as police produce separatist leader Mark T Haokip


A large number of women thronged Imphal’s Cheirap Court Complex where Mark Thangmang Haokip was produced by police after his police remand period ended on Thursday.
Haokip, who was in police custody after he was re-arrested as self-styled president of Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Kukiland, was produced in the court of Imphal West Session Judge today.
The court sent him to judicial custody till June 21.
The police produced the controversial human right activist amid a tight security arrangement in and around Cheirap Court Complex, where the court of Imphal West Session Judge is also housed.
When the police escorted Haokip to the court, the womenfolk who converged there, tried to attack him and shouted various slogans demanding harsh punishment. An additional police force arranged by the authorities considering the sensitivity of the matter. had a hard time controlling the situation.
The situation subsided only after the van carrying Haokip left the spot hurriedly after he made a court appearance with security escorts. Leaders of various women based CSOs were among those who converged at the court complex.
President of Kabui Mothers’ Association (KAMA) Atoppi Kamei demanded that Haokip who spewed communal venom through social media platforms must be awarded harsh punishment for his defamatory remarks against freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu
By denigrating Rani Gaidinliu, the lone woman freedom fighter of the state, he (Haokip) had committed a big crime against the state of Manipur. He should not go scot free and sentenced to life imprisonment, she demanded.
Haokip was arrested by a team of Manipur police from Kishangarh area of New Delhi on May 25 in connection with various FIR cases against him for his alleged objectionable posts on social media.
One of the cases against Haokip made way back in November 2021 denigrated freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu. The police registered the case based on a written complaint lodged by 10 CSOs based in the state.
The leaders of these CSOs have been pressing the pertinent authorities to award him harsh punishment for his defamatory remarks against the freedom fighter.
Haokip was about to be released on bail on May 31. But, on the same day, the police re-arrested him with a fresh FIR case against him by Imphal police station registered under section 120-B/121/121-A/123/400 IPC and 17/18 UA(P) Act.
In the case, the police accused him of being the chief functionary of the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Kukiland, an outfit set up to campaign to establish an independent hill country or Kuki country.

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