Mob violence victims allege police indifference

IMPHAL, 17th Oct: Three victims of a mob assault that reportedly took place in Tamenglong district have accused personnel of Tamenglong police station of refusing to register their complaint on the incident.
The victims of the mob assault are RK Raduanliu (38) daughter of late Lungkin, her neighbour Somila (36) and Somila’s husband Meijingam Thaimei.
Addressing a press meet at the office premises of Youth Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) here on Thursday, RK Raduanliu’s elder sister Mathew Seliu recounted that Raduanliu went to meet her friends at Tamenglong Higher Secondary School premises on October 13. After returning home from the meeting, her younger sister Guichamsinllu requested her to bring the key of her hotel and Raduanliu went to give her the key in a car with a person named Kaningmai.
Just before reaching Guichamsinllu’s hotel, some persons stopped their car near Tamenglong Ward No. 1 ground and wrongly accused them of consuming liquor. They asked her about the person whom she met at Tamenglong Higher Secondary School and took the car in their custody. The unknown persons then let them go after telling to come the next day along with the person whom she met at the school and to take the car, Mathew Seliu said. She further recalled that on the next day, Raduanliu along with Somila, whom she met at the school, went there to take the car. They were accompanied by Somila’s husband Meijingam Thaimei and their one year old child. Upon reaching there, the unknown persons, without giving any reason, blindfolded and tied the hands of the two women and assaulted them as well as Somila’s husband Meijingam in front of their child. Later, they cut the hairs of the two women as an act of shaming them. They were later rushed to Tamenglong district hospital for treatment. On that day, the victims went to register complaint to Tamenglong police station only to be told to resolve the matter through negotiation, she said while drawing attention of the chief minister and the authority concerned to take up appropriate action against the police officials, who refused to register the complaint.
On the other hand, YFPHR president Kh Phajaton said that the forum has submitted a memorandum to the chief minister to book those involved as per law and provide protection to the victims.

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