Manipur CM calls for magisterial probe in Churachandpur violence, arms loot case

At least two people lost their lives in the Churachandpur confrontation when Central paramilitary forces resorted to firing to disperse a volatile crowd.

| Updated: 19 February, 2024 4:20 pm IST
N Biren Singh-led government has initiated magisterial inquiries in Churachandpur violence case

IMPHAL: Following recent violent episodes in Manipur’s Churachandpur and Imphal East districts, the N Biren Singh-led government has initiated magisterial inquiries to investigate the events. These incidents involve the clashes that erupted in Churachandpur on the night of February 15, as well as the alarming incident of arms and ammunition being stolen from an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) camp on February 13.

At least two people lost their lives in the Churachandpur confrontation when Central paramilitary forces resorted to firing to disperse a volatile crowd.

Joint Secretary (Home) Ranjan Yumnam, through official orders, announced that District Magistrates (DMs) of both Churachandpur and Imphal East districts have been appointed as inquiry authorities to conduct thorough investigations within their respective jurisdictions.

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The orders mandate that both inquiries must conclude within 30 days, with comprehensive reports to be submitted to the government.

Terming the Churachandpur incident as unfortunate, the order said that government properties and assets, including office buildings of the district’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Superintendent of Police (SP), were set ablaze “which was orchestrated by unidentified group of persons leading to loss of life and property”.

To provoke dissent against the establishment, the offices were targeted, and the Indian tricolor, the revered emblem of the Republic of India, was forcibly removed from the DC office building and disgraced amid widespread acts of sabotage, arson, and vandalism, it order added.

The order further described how a group of young people, in a disorderly manner, forcefully entered the 5th IRB camp situated at Chingarel Tejpur in Imphal East. They seized numerous weapons and ammunition, resulting in a tense confrontation between the mob and security personnel, which escalated into gunfire.

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Following the arms looting incident, the government took action by suspending seven members of the same IRB unit.

DM Dharun Kumar will oversee the probe into the Churachandpur incident, tasked with uncovering the sequence of events leading to the loss of life and property. The inquiry aims to identify any systemic shortcomings and recommend measures to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

For the incident in Chinarel, Imphal East, DM Khumanthem Diana Devi will head the inquiry. The focus will be on elucidating the circumstances surrounding the raid on the fifth IRB camp and the subsequent exchange of fire between the mob and security forces.

 

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