Manipur Women Paraded Naked: Man Who Led The Mob On May 4 Arrested, Photo From Police Custody Surfaces

New Delhi/Imphal: In a major breakthrough, the Manipur police arrested a key accused who was seen in the viral video of two tribal women being paraded naked and molested by a violent mob in a village in Senapati district on May 4. The accused has been identified as Huirem. Herodas (32), who was seen in a 26-second clip that went viral on social media, said in a statement on Wednesday that a case of kidnapping, gang rape and murder was registered at Nongpok Sekmai police station. Was. Against unknown armed miscreants in Thoubal.

Main culprit identified, arrested: Police

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In the viral video, the main culprit was wearing a green T-shirt and was holding the woman. He was arrested this morning in an operation after proper identification. He is a resident of Pechi Awang Leikai, police said. The state police said that all efforts are on to arrest the other culprits at the earliest.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh assured that he would ensure that strict action is taken against all perpetrators, including the possibility of capital punishment. The video of the heart-wrenching crime surfaced on Wednesday. Immediately several police teams were formed and a man, allegedly said to be the mastermind, was arrested from Thoubal district.

The Chief Minister said that after taking suo motu cognizance of the incident, the police swung into action and made the first arrest in the morning. “My heart goes out to the two women who were subjected to the most demeaning and inhuman act as shown in the disturbing video that surfaced yesterday,” Singh tweeted.

A video of two Manipuri women being paraded naked and sexually assaulted by a violent mob in Senapati district of riot-hit Manipur on May 4 went viral on social media on Wednesday, triggering national outrage, strong condemnation from all quarters and calls for severe punishment for the culprits.

What happened in Manipur on 4th May?

According to a senior police officer, the shocking and shameful incident took place in Manipur’s Thoubal district on May 4 and a case of kidnapping, gang rape and murder has been registered in the matter. Superintendent of Police (SP) K Meghchandra Singh said in a statement on July 19: “In connection with the video of 2 (two) women being paraded naked by unidentified armed miscreants on 4th May 2023, a case of kidnapping, gang rape and murder was registered.” at Nongpok Sekmai Police Station (Thoubal District) against unknown armed miscreants.” Tragic footage of the May 4 incident shows two women in Manipur being stripped naked and subjected to continuous harassment by a group of men from another community. Despite the victims pleading for mercy and help, the perpetrators mercilessly disregarded their dignity and abandoned them. The whole country was shocked.

No one will be spared: PM Modi

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning said he was saddened by the incident and said the incident was “shameful for any civil society.” The Prime Minister said, “No accused will be spared, we will never forgive those who are behind this.”

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament today, PM Modi said, “It is a shameful incident for any society. Who did it and who is responsible is a separate issue but it has brought shame to our country. I appeal to all the heads.” Minister should make law and order strict. Be it Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh or Manipur…the issue of respect for women is above all politics.

Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance

The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognizance of the matter after watching the horrifying viral nude parade video from Manipur. The Chief Justice of India (CJI) expressed grave concern over the incident and said that the court should be informed about the steps taken by the government to ensure justice for the victims. The court asked both the central and state governments to inform it about the action taken to bring the culprits to justice.

manipur violence

Manipur has been witnessing violence since May 3 following protests by the Kuki and Naga communities against a High Court order asking the state government to consider including the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category. Only ST can buy land in hilly areas.

The majority Meitei community living in the Imphal Valley and surrounding areas have sought ST status keeping in view their growing population and increasing need for land so that they can buy land in hilly areas.