Two dead, 30 injured in Manipur as mob targets SP Office over suspension of cop seen with armed men

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A videograb shows mob ransacking the government complex housing the SP and DC offices in Manipur on Feb 15, 2024.

Churachandpur: Two persons were killed and over 30 injured after a mob attempted to storm the Churachandpur SP office in Manipur on Thursday night. The fresh clashes happened after a head constable of the district police was suspended after the visuals of him with armed men went viral in the state. 

As per India Today, the violence started shortly after a head constable from the district police was suspended. The suspension came in response to a viral video showing the constable in the company of armed men.

Desolate roads in Manipur’s Churachandpur were evident in morning visuals, reflecting the tense situation. The Manipur Police, communicating through X, reported that a mob, estimated at 300-400 people, tried to storm the SP CCP office, resorting to stone-pelting.

Churachandpur SP Shivanand Surve suspended Head Constable Siamlalpaul promptly “until further notice.” The police’s official statement deemed the constable’s association with armed men and village volunteers as a serious breach of conduct within the police force.

Security forces, including the Rapid Action Force (RAF), used tear gas shells to manage the escalating situation. The police assured that the situation was being closely monitored.

In light of the viral video, a departmental inquiry is being considered against Siamlalpaul. The constable has also been restricted from leaving the station without prior permission, and his pay and allowances have been limited to the subsistence allowance permissible under the rules.

The state government has enforced a five-day internet shutdown in the district, citing concerns about potential misuse of social media by anti-social elements. The government expressed apprehensions that inflammatory content could escalate tensions, posing a threat to the law and order situation in Manipur.

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