CBI director arrives in Guwahati to oversee Manipur violence case

CBI Director Praveen Sood reached Guwahati on Monday in connection with chargesheet filed by CBI in Manipur violence case.

| Updated: 19 December, 2023 1:53 pm IST
CBI Director arrives in connection to violence case

GUWAHATI: The Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Praveen Sood, landed in Guwahati on Monday to review the progress of the Special Investigation Teams (SITs) under DIG rank officers working on cases related to violence in Manipur. This visit is in connection with the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the Manipur violence case.

According to reliable sources, the CBI chief is expected to assess the advancements made by the SITs assigned by the state government to investigate various instances of violence in Manipur.

Earlier, on September 27, a specialised CBI team led by Praveen Sood had arrived in Manipur to expedite the investigation into the alleged murder of two students, Hijam Luwangbi Linthoinganbi and Philem Hemanjit.

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The team worked diligently on these cases and subsequently filed a chargesheet on December 9, 2023, against nine accused individuals in connection with the abduction and murder of a 55-year-old Naga woman in Manipur amid ethnic tensions.

Later in the evening, around 5 pm, Praveen Sood reached Imphal, where he was received by Manipur DGP Rajiv Singh at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.

Sources suggest that during his visit, the CBI chief will critically assess the ongoing investigations conducted by the SITs under DIG rank officers handling various cases related to the Manipur violence. The CBI is currently probing six cases, five of which involve alleged criminal conspiracy, while one pertains to the general conspiracy behind the violence.

The investigation by the CBI also covers the May 4 incident in Thoubal, where two women were subjected to sexual violence, leading to the Centre directing the CBI to take over the probe.

In total, the CBI is actively investigating more than 17 cases related to the Manipur violence that erupted on May 3. The recent chargesheet against nine accused individuals was filed before the special judge of the CBI Court in Guwahati, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing investigations.

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The case was registered based on a request from the Manipur Government and further notification from the Centre. The CBI took over the investigation of the case, originally registered at Lamlai Police Station, Imphal East, on July 15, 2023.

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