MANIPUR , JULY 21st: A day after a two-month-old video of two women being paraded naked in Manipur surfaced on the internet, the key accused has been arrested on Thursday, police said. The accused, identified as Heradas (32), was arrested from Thoubal district with the help of the video that went viral in which he was seen wearing a green T-shirt, police said.
Tensions are running high in the hilly areas of Manipur after the video of two women being paraded naked surfaced on the internet on Wednesday. The incident took place on May 4 in Kangpokpi district, a day after violence broke out in the northeast state.
Pursuant to the spine-chilling video, Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh said that the government was considering “capital punishment” against the perpetrators. He said the accused was arrested at around 1.30 am on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.
My hearts go out to the two women who were subjected to a deeply disrespectful and inhumane act, as shown in the distressing video that surfaced yesterday. After taking a Suo-moto cognisance of the incident immediately after the video surfaced, the Manipur Police swung to action…
— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) July 20, 2023
Police registered a case of abduction, gangrape and murder and said an all-out effort was underway to arrest culprits and as many as 12 teams were formed to arrest the accused.
MANIPUR WOMEN PARADED NAKED, ONE GANG-RAPED
According to the police complaint, on the day of the incident, around 800 to 1,000 people carrying sophisticated weapons entered B. Phainom village and vandalised and looted properties and burnt down houses. The miscreants were suspected to be members of Meitei organisations.
During the attack, five villagers — two men and three women — fled to the forest. They were later rescued by Nongpok Sekmai Police team and were being taken to the police station when the mob abducted them.
The mob killed one of the men instantly and forced the three women to take off their clothes, as per the FIR. One of them, 21, was brutally gang raped and when her brother, 19, tried to intervene, he was murdered.
CENTRE’s ORDER TO TWITTER
The Centre has issued an order to Twitter and other social media platforms, instructing them not to share the video of two women who were paraded naked that surfaced on the internet on Wednesday.
The government, in its instructions, held that it was imperative to adhere to Indian laws and that the matter was under investigation.
The video has drawn widespread condemnation from all quarters, with the Opposition demanding that all party delegation must be sent to Manipur without any delay. The Congress has been demanding a discussion in Parliament on the Manipur situation where violence since May 3 has led to several deaths.