Security tightened in Manipur to prevent untoward incident

Imphal: Manipur police and central forces have beefed up security in the state to prevent any untoward incident in the wake of a July 19 video of desecration of tribal women. Police said that the security personnel are making every possible effort to arrest the remaining accused in the incident by raiding several suspected hideouts.

Officials said on Saturday that the Manipur Police has so far arrested five people in connection with the incident where two tribal women were paraded naked in Kangpokpi district of the state on May 4. Officials said that security forces conducted raids in sensitive and border areas of both the valley and hill districts. As part of this operation, nine bunkers and camps were destroyed on Phaleng hilltop in Kangpokpi district.

Manipur Police said in a tweet, “A total of 126 nakas and check posts have been set up in different areas of both the hill and valley districts and 413 people have been detained by the police in connection with the violence.” Police said that the movement of essential goods on the national highway has also been ensured. According to the police, “The movement of 749 vehicles with essential commodities on NH-37 and 174 vehicles on NH-2 was ensured.”

Police said that tight security arrangements have been made at all sensitive places and security squads have been deployed to ensure free and safe movement of vehicles on sensitive routes.

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