Protesting the alleged molestation of a minor and assault on villagers by Army personnel, thousands of people on Thursday took out a rally demanding punishment to the guilty.

The Army personnel were “barred” from entering Bishnupur where the incident took place.

Holding placards against the “barbarism”, residents of Bishnupur took to the streets demanding justice and an end to the forces “highhandedness“.

“The state government should also force Army to shift the camp of Territorial Army from the area,” Assistant Secretary of Village Dorbar D Swer told reporters.

The local Dorbar Shnong (village council) has also barred army personnel from entering the village.

“The village council has resolved that no army personnel would be allowed to enter here,” a statement issued by the council said.

On Sunday evening, a jawan of the 119 Territorial Army allegedly molested a seven-year-old girl here. Later, a taxi driver who spotted the girl took her home.

The alleged molester and his colleagues later came to Bishnupur in search of the taxi driver and beat up locals, injuring five persons, council members said.