Imphal, Jan 7,
Indecent frisking by some personnel of 17th Assam Rifles, Litan Outpost, on civilian women and young girls in between Sangkai and Thowai village anger the locals in the area. The locals rose up in protest against the indecent frisking and chased the AR personnel.
The incident occurred at Sangkai village, Ukhrul district along Imphal - Ukhrul road on Saturday.
According to source, some personnel of 17AR from Litan Outpost led by Captain(/Major) Dheeraj rushed to Sangkai village around 4:30pm.
After stopping their vehicle at the periphery of Sangkai village, the AR personnel hide themselves and loom for any suspect. The AR personnel halted innocent civilians and conducted frisking in between Thowai and Sangkai village.
The locals alleged that at dusk the AR personnel, without lady police, resorted to body search on many women and young girls who were coming from paddy fields.
Angered by the attitude of the AR personnel, residents of Sangkai and surrounding villages gather themselves and chased the AR personnel who flee the area. The locals also vandalised glasses of AR vehicles.
The said AR personnel who flee towards Yaingangpokpi side in a Gypsy were halted and apprehended by the women folk of Gwaltabi and Mongneljang at Gwaltabi. They were detained at Mongneljang village court.
On receiving information CO 17AR Shangsak rushed to the spot and held talks with CSOs. At the meeting the locals and CSOs inform the CO that the AR personnel, on the pretext of checking illegal activities in the area , had been terrorizing the local populace and Saturday incident was not the first time. The locals had been bearing the attitude of Assam Rifles in silent for long. But they rose up in protest as the AR personnel cross the limit and resorted to indecent frisking on innocent women and young girls.
The CO reportedly assures locals and CSOs that he will instruct his boys and no such incident will occur in future. The CO also agreed to tender apology under Kuki Customary Law today at Sangkai village court.
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