Before parading women naked in Manipur, mob killed people and torched houses, June 21 FIR states

More than 160 people have lost their lives, and several injured since ethnic violence broke out in the state on May 3

Updated - July 21, 2023 10:35 pm IST

Published - July 21, 2023 02:50 pm IST - Imphal

Women outside the house of Manipur sexual assault accused Huirem Herodas Meitei that was set ablaze in Kangpokpi district on July 21, 2023.

Women outside the house of Manipur sexual assault accused Huirem Herodas Meitei that was set ablaze in Kangpokpi district on July 21, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI

An armed mob, nearly a thousand strong, had attacked a village in Kangpokpi district of Manipur and torched, looted houses, killed and raped wantonly before abducting two women whose forced naked parade caught on video outraged the entire nation.

The FIR filed in this case on June 21, a copy of which has been seen by PTI, revealed the tale of mayhem which occurred before the abduction and shameful behaviour with tribal women, a video of which has now formed the basis of raids and arrests of people connected with the incident.

The FIR claimed that one person was killed by the mob as he tried to protect his sister from being raped on May 4 before the two were paraded naked and molested in front of others.

“Around 900-1000 persons carrying sophisticated weapons like AK rifles, SLR, INSAS and .303 rifles forcefully entered our village (on May 4)... in Island subdivision, Kangpokpi district, about 68 km south from Saikul police station.

“The violent mob vandalised all the houses and burnt them to the ground after looting all the moveable properties,” the FIR lodged at Saikul police station claimed.

The mob entered the village at around 3 pm and took away cash, furniture, electronic items, foodgrains, furniture and cattle heads from the houses, it said.

The mob also snatched away five people who were rescued by police personnel from a nearby forest, the FIR claimed.

The five villagers had fled to the forest in fear following the attack.

The police arrested four people in connection with parading the women naked and sexually assaulting them a day after a video showing their humiliation surfaced on July 19, nearly month after the FIR was filed at Saikul police station in Kangpokpi district.

Angry local people attacked the house of one of the four at Pechi Awang in Thoubal district, ransacked it and set it afire on Thursday night, police said.. The 32-year-old man was seen dragging one of the two women in the video.

More than 160 people have lost their lives, and several injured since ethnic violence broke out in the state on May 3, when a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

Meiteis account for about 53% of Manipur's population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40% and reside mostly in the hill districts.

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