HRI decries assault of CAF&PD officials, demands action

IMPHAL, 29th Apr: Strongly condemning the April 17 evening incident which occurred at M/s Heibok Oil Pump, Chandranadi Toupokpi admist lockdown to contain COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Initiative (HRI) has urged state home department to ensure safety and security of officials on duty and demanded punishment of the culprits involved as per the law of the land.
According to a statement of HRI, two officials of CAF & PD namely Haobam Bobby and Leimapokpam Ibotombi Singh went to M/s Heibok Oil Pump on April 17 at about 9.30 pm. The officials visited the fuel outlet as part of inspection of oil pumps in Imphal West and Imphal East districts to regulate distribution of POL during curfew and nationwide lockdown.
At the spot, they found cash counter of the fuel pump illuminated and requested Laishram Surjit who was inside the counter to obey with their inspection procedure as they are coming from CAF&PD department.
However, instead of co-operating with the officials, Surjit, who is the younger brother of owner of oil pump, came out with a small gun and started assaulting the officials without giving any proper reason. Thereafter, Laishram Suresh of Chajing Konjeng Leikai, owner of pump, also joined his brother in torturing the visiting officials continuously after confining them for around two hours. The visiting officials even showed their IDs and other related documents to them but Surjit and Suresh assaulted them very severely. During the attack, H Bobby sustained injuries on his nasal area and left leg while L Ibotombi sustained injuries on his face and head. Subsequently, Bobby was treated at M/s Padma Medicare, RIMS road, HRI said and vehemently condemned the incident.
HRI further urged authority concerned to seal M/s Heibok Oil Pump with immediate effect in the larger interest of law and order so that such unwanted incident do not repeat.

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