Following the terror attack by suspected Kuki militants towards Meitei villages at Pallel on Friday, four village volunteers from Bijoypur under Kakching Police Station were arrested by Assam Rifles early Saturday.
According to sources, the arrested village volunteers were reportedly handed over to Pallel Police Station later in the day.
The four village volunteers are one 35-year-old Khundongbam Kondumba Meitei, son of late Ibomcha Meitei from Thoubal Kiyam Siphai; 32-year-old Sougrakpam Tyson Meitei, son of Chaoba; 34-year-old Loitongbam Premjit Meitei and 30-year-old Irom Shiva Kumarjit, son of Kunjamishor, all three from Thoubal Ningombam.
They were reportedly guarding the village, fearing another attack by the Kuki militants, when the Assam Rifles, who were carrying out an operation in the area presumably in connection with Friday’s incident, arrested them.
Meanwhile, condemnations poured in from locals of the area against the act of the Assam Rifles.