Phubala sets example against mob violence

IMPHAL, 10th Oct: While the state is still reeling from the shocking viral video in which a woman was forced into a shotgun wedding in front of her young daughter at Upokpi Khunou in Bishnupur district, the denizens of Phubala on Thursday set an example for the rest of the people in the state on how to deal with issues instead of indulging in mob violence.
According to a report, an alleged thief broke into a house at Phubala on Thursday at around 5 am and tried to steal a sound system (speaker) along with other items, but was caught by the locals. Instead of beating up the man, the locals made him clean a nearby ditch and then set him free on completion of the work.
Speaking to newspersons in this regard, the leader of Phubala Meira Paibi identified the alleged thief as one Nongmaithem Sanjoy (22) of Nachou, Bishnupur district. After he was caught, the members of the Panchayat and local Meira Paibi guarded him to prevent any incident of mob violence, she added. She further said the man was set free after making him do hard labour so as to encourage him abandon the bad habit of stealing and instead live his life truthfully with sincerity and hard work. The arrest of those involved in the recent incident at Upokpi clearly indicates that mob violence is wrong and against the fabric of society. The people of Phubala do not want such incidents to happen in their locality, she said.
It may be mentioned here that 14 people have been arrested till date and remanded to police custody in connection with the mob violence incident which took place at Upokpi on October 6. The forced shotgun wedding of an unmarried man and a married woman and particularly, the conduct of it in front of the minor daughter of the woman are against the law and many sides have demanded punishments of those involved in the incident.

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