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Manipur CM assures justice to gang-rape victim, ATM refill staff

Manipur CM assures justice to gang-rape victim, ATM refill staff
Manipur CM N Biren Singh addressing a press conference in Imphal on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 6 | Publish Date: 9/6/2020 11:58:34 AM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh who is also in-charge of state home department said on Sunday that he has instructed the DGP to take the help of militant groups under suspension of operation (SoO) in tracking down miscreants who robbed Rs. 1.15 crore after killing a bank ATM replenishment staff.

The chief minister has also assured submission of the charge-sheet of the heinous crime of gang-rape and murder of a teenage girl in Imphal West district within two months.

Addressing a press conference here, Singh strongly condemned the incidents of gang-rape and murder of a minor girl in Mayang Imphal and robbery of Rs 1.15 crore in Churachandpur after killing a bank ATM replenishment staff. He assured exemplary punishments to the culprits at the earliest so that such incidents do not recur in future.

“It is unfortunate that people have to endure anguish and pain due to these heinous crimes at a time when they are struggling to cope with pandemic COVID-19,” he said.

Urging people to stay calm as the police have been putting in best possible efforts to crack both cases, the chief minister said that he is personally monitoring the progress of investigations round the clock as he is additionally in-charge of the home department and the head of the state cabinet.

On the Mayang Imphal incident on September 2 last, Singh informed that the police have arrested six suspects so far and dedicated efforts would be put in to file charge-sheets against them in less than two months under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. 

The 14-year-old girl who was abandoned to die after she was allegedly gang-raped was picked up by a team of police from Mayang Imphal police station on the morning of September 2.

She was found in an unconscious state and died at the ICU ward of RIMS the next day. Singh assured that Rs 5 lakh would be provided as ex-gratia to the victim’s family. 

He lauded the people, particularly civil society organizations and the Joint Action Committee formed in connection with the incident to extend cooperation to the police in nabbing the suspects. “It was with the help of people, CSOs and JAC that police were able to arrest the culprits involved in the heinous crime,” the chief minister said.

On the Churachandpur incident on September 4, Singh informed that three suspects have been picked up for questioning so far and investigations are on with good progress. 

Two motorcycle-borne robbers shot dead a cash custodian of a SBI branch replenishing money in bank ATMs and looted around Rs 1.15 crore in Churachandpur district headquarters on September 4 last.

The bank staff, Arambam Ranjan (28) of Zoveng Khuga Tampak village of Churachandpur district who sustained bullet injuries on his abdomen later succumbed on the way to a hospital in Imphal.

The chief minister said that he had talked to the wife of the victim over the phone and assured justice. 

The chief minister further said that he has also instructed DGP LM Khaute to visit Churachandpur to supervise the investigation.

Claiming that some crucial leads had been gathered from CCTV cameras, Singh said he hasinstructed the DGP to cull information from Kuki militant groups under SoO and active in the district, as well. 

The DGP has been instructed to hold a meeting with leaders of militant groups under SoO actively operating in the district and to seek s their help in tracking down the assailants.

“I hope, police will be able to nab the assailants if the militants under SoO extend their cooperation sincerely,” he said.

The chief minister also assured to provide monetary assistance to the victim’s family as per the Government rules. He also sought cooperation from the public in nabbing the culprits.

 

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