Imphal, June 17:
A criminal case has been registered against Jagat Thoudam, advisor to the Indigenous People’s Front of Manipur in connection with his article published on May 31 at a we portal based in Imphal.
As per the Assam Rifles, the article alleged that Myanmar-based “Kuki terrorist outfits” were being protected by the Assam Rifles.
A First Information Report (FIR) was registered on June 12 at the Imphal West police station against Jagat Thoudam, who is also the leader of various civil society organisation.
Source said that Jagat Thoudam has been booked under Section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), pertaining to sedition, and Section 153 A of the IPC, pertaining to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony.
The complaint was filed by the Headquarters Inspector General, Assam Rifles (South) at Mantripukhri in Imphal.
Jagat Thoudam, advisor to the Indigenous People’s Front of Manipur had many times pointed fingers to the authority for the cause of the present crisis in the state.
Mentioned may be made that since the eruption of the ethnic violence in Manipur on May 3, Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force in the country, has been alleged of helping the Kuki insurgent groups that are in a suspension of operations (SoO) pact with the Central and Manipur governments. The Kuki community also alleged the AR of siding with the Meitei community. A list of officers had been published by the Kuki group alleging to be hand in glove with the Meitei community.
On June 2, the Dimapur-based III Corps of the Indian Army (also known as the Spear Corps) issued a statement condemning efforts to publicly out some officers of AR (belonging to a specific community) posted for duty in Manipur.
97 columns of Assam Rifles are currently deployed in Manipur, with 48 columns positioned in Meitei-dominated areas and 49 columns posted in Kuki-dominant areas. In the first wave of violence, there were more than 15,910 displaced people in the Assam Rifles camps, of which 9,236 or around 58% belonged to the Meitei community, The Hindu reported quoting a news source.