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IMPHAL | Sept 14 : Police have arrested five individuals including a personnel of India Reserve Battalion (IRB), who were involved in lynching of 26-year-old Md. Farooque Khan, from Lilong Haoreibi, at Tharoijam Awang Leikai yesterday.
The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has also taken up a suo-motto case in connection with the incident. The commission has directed the DGP Manipur to take enquiry in the matter and submit a report by September 22.
The accused who were charged under section 117/302/34 IPC were remanded to police custody for four days by a city court. They have been identified as Ksh Naoba Singh, 23, son of Inaocha Singh of Tharoijam Awang Leikai, Ch. Ibomcha Singh, 35, son of (L) Jugeshor Singh of Thaoroijam Maning Leikai, Ch Subaschandra Singh, 45, son of (L) Jugeshor Singh of Thaoroijam Maning Leikai, Phamdom Shamu Singh, 51, son of Ph. Ibopishak Singh of Thaoroijam Awang Leikai and M Girani Singh, 59, son of (L) M Gopal Singh of Thaoroijam Awang Leikai.
“Altogether, 13 persons involved in the unfortunate incident of lynching a youth have been identified. We will soon arrest the remaining individuals involved in the attack,” said Imphal West SP, Jogeschandra Haobijam.
The SP said that it was yet to be clear whether Farooque was involved in the lifting of vehicle as the investigation is in initial stage.
However, he informed that two of the alleged accomplices of the deceased, who have managed to flee from the scene as per the locals, have also been identified.
The two accomplices of Farooque would soon be detained for further questioning, said the SP adding that verification process is also underway to ascertain the owner of the vehicle burnt by the mob.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed in connection with the death of Farooque, claimed that the deceased was innocent and was an MBA student. He reportedly left home to meet a friend, the JAC added.
The JAC has convened a public meeting on Saturday to discuss on the future course of action in connection with the killing of Farooque.
On the other hand, locals of Tharoijam today stormed at the Patsoi police station demanding unconditional release of the five arrested by the police. The mob also attacked the police by pelting stone compelling the police to fire tear gas. The officer-in-charge of the police station was injured in the mob attack.
Jayenta Singh, DIG Manipur Police while appealing to the public not to take law into their hands, said that the police will not succumb to the pressure of the mob.
“The duty of the police is to enforce the law and maintain order. The culprits were arrested for their involvement in attacking the youths. It is upto the court to decide whether the arrested persons are guilty or not,” the DIG added.
Responding to queries on the alleged failure of the police to react in time, the DIG clarified that although the police reacted in time, it was not an easy task to reason with a mob. He said that the victim was admitted to the hospital by the police but succumbed to his injuries.