By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal(Manipur), Sept 18: Tension runs high various parts of Imphal East and Imphal West district after a Manipur Police team arrested 5 persons from Kongba area on Saturday evening.
After the report of the arrest large number of people from various areas thronged to the Imphal East Police station demanding released of the arrested people as they are village defenders fighting for the protection of Manipur from illegal migrants. Police however said that that those five persons were arrested with sophisticated weapons.
As the number of womenfolk rise and tried to throng the Porompat Police Station on Saturday late evening demanding released of the five persons the police team fired several rounds of tear gas shells and mock bomb to disperse them. According to a tweet by Manipur police it is stated that “There have been reports of extortion threats, misuse of police uniform and impersonation by armed miscreants. In view of this, Manipur Police has been making all out efforts to curb the same. In one such operation, on Sept 16. last, Manipur Police arrested five persons with sophisticated weapons in camouflage uniform.
“They are being proceeded legally. In response to this arrest, large number of people came out to protest and tried to storm Porompat PS demanding release of the arrested persons. Joint security forces repelled this attack by firing tear gas. In this, few persons received minor injury including an RAF personnel. These five arrested persons were produced before Judicial Magistrate and they have been remanded into further police custody for five days. Strict legal action is being taken against these anti-social elements.
Manipur Police is determined to carry on such raids/ operations and make all out efforts to bring peace and normalcy in the State.
Simultaneously, Manipur Police appealed to the general public to refrain from such protest and co-operate with the law enforcement agencies in bringing peace and normalcy in the State”.
With the police and the government denied releasing those five persons large number of womenfolk came out on the street at various places between Singjamei to Canchipur area.
The womenfolk stopped all sort of vehicular movement, Shops and all business establishments were shut as women folk protested on the streets in Imphal city.