The United National Liberation Front (UNLF), a proscribed underground organisation, has announced that it will start giving capital punishment to those convicted of rape and other sex offenders. It had killed a few alleged sex offenders in the 1990s. However, for unexplained reasons it suspended the campaign.
There has been a spurt in sex-related crimes in Manipur. Even mentally and physically challenged girls and infants have been raped.
The UNLF took umbrage at the gang rape of a tribal woman by four IRB personnel in Bishnupur district recently. Police have arrested all the accused.
The UNLF said all four would be given the death sentence.
However, they could present their case to the outfit in order to exculpate themselves if they proved that they had not committed the crime.
Meanwhile, another outfit, the Revolutionary People's Front, in a statement said most sex crimes were committed by security personnel.
In the past, all underground organisations had joined the campaign to kill sex offenders.