Manipur Viral Video Incident: Will You Resign? CM Biren Singh Says ‘My Job Is…’

Imphal: Reacting to growing demands for his resignation amid national outrage over alleged atrocities on women in his state, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday said his main job is to bring peace to his state. Responding to demands for his resignation over the poor law and order situation in Manipur, the chief minister said, “I don’t want to go into it. My job is to bring peace to the state. There are miscreants in every society but we will not spare them.”

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Speaking to news agency ANI, Biren Singh said, “People are protesting across the state over the incident and demanding strictest punishment for the accused. The house of accused number one, who was arrested earlier, was burnt by women yesterday. Manipur society is against crime against women. They consider women as their mothers. This protest is to support the government to punish the accused.”

Manipur’s chief minister said people in his state consider “women as their mothers”, but the video of miscreants attacking and stripping two tribal women in May has drawn nationwide condemnation, has dented the state’s reputation. tarnished.

The chief minister said protests were launched across the northeastern state to condemn the incident. Singh was referring to a viral video that surfaced two days ago, in which two tribal women were seen being paraded naked and molested by a group of men. Four of them were arrested on Thursday.

Singh said that people are demanding that the culprits get the harshest punishment. He had said on Thursday that he would ensure that strict action is taken against all criminals, including considering the possibility of the death penalty.

Women in Manipur set ablaze house of accused in viral video case

Hours after the arrest of Huirem Herodas Meitei, the main accused in the Manipur sexual assault and alleged gang rape case, hundreds of angry women torched his house in his village in Imphal. According to reports, after getting information about the arrest of Huirem Herodas Meitei in connection with the shocking incident, hundreds of women from Pechi Awang Leikai village in Thoubal district reached there in large numbers and ransacked his house and then set it on fire.

It may be noted that Huirem is one of the four people who have been arrested by the Manipur Police in connection with a viral video that showed two Kuki women being assaulted, molested and paraded naked by a violent mob in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district on May 4. The viral video went viral on Wednesday, triggering national outrage, strong condemnation and calls for stern action against the culprits from all corners.

The attackers were armed with AK, SLR, INSAS and .303 rifles: FIR

The FIR registered by the Manipur police regarding the incident states that an armed mob numbering around one thousand attacked a village in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district on May 4 and set houses on fire before abducting two women Gave, looted, murdered and brutally raped. The forced nude parade, captured on video, sparked outrage across the country.

The FIR registered in this case on June 21 revealed the mayhem that preceded the abduction and the shameful treatment of the tribal women, a video of which has now become the basis for raids and arrests of people linked to the incident.

The FIR claimed that a man was lynched by a mob as he tried to save his sister from rape on May 4, before both were paraded naked and molested in front of others.

“Around 900-1000 people barged into our village (on May 4) carrying sophisticated weapons like AK rifles, SLRs, INSAS and .303 rifles… in Dweep subdivision, Kangpokpi district, about 68 km south of Saikul police station . The violent mob ransacked all the houses and burnt them after looting all movable properties,” said the FIR lodged at Saikul police station.

It said that the mob entered the village around 3 pm and took away cash, furniture, electronic items, food grains, furniture and cattle heads from the houses. The FIR claimed that the mob also abducted five people, who were rescued by police personnel from a nearby forest.

After the attack, the five villagers fled into the forest out of fear. On July 19, a day after a video humiliating women surfaced, the police arrested four men for making women parade naked and molesting them.

The arrests were made a day after the video surfaced, with a complaint in this regard being filed almost a month ago, on June 21, at Saikul police station in Kangpokpi district. Manipur has been rocked by ethnic conflict since early May. Over 160 people have lost their lives, and many have been injured, since caste violence broke out in the state on May 3, when a ‘tribal solidarity march’ was held in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Caste status. . ST) Status.

The Meitei people account for about 53 percent of Manipur’s population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while the tribals, including the Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 percent and live mostly in the hill districts.