Condemning the abduction of three individuals and the attack on other civilians at Torbung Bangla in Bishnupur district on Thursday, locals of Terakhongsangbi and Khudenkpi in Bishnupur district staged a sit-in protest at Terakhongsangbi on Friday.
They also accused the police of negligence for the abduction, stating that the police could have saved them had they acted timely.
It is reported that 11 individuals from Terakhongsangbi and neighbouring villages had gone to a house in Torbung Bangla (which had been abandoned after being attacked by suspected militants during the crisis) to withdraw paddy, but some suspected militants carrying sophisticated weapons and knives had allegedly attacked them and abducted three of them, while the remaining eight escaped.
Of the eight escaped individuals, two were reportedly injured during the attack.
The three abducted are identified as one Leichonbam Suraj Meetei alias Lulu, 22, son of late L Mohen of Terakhongsangbi Awang Leikai, Thongam Shyam Singh, 36, son of Th Achouba of Torbung Bangla; and Naorem Prakash alias Inaotomba alais Nanao, 42, son of N Chaobhan of Torbung Bangla.
Speaking to the media, Khero Devi (sister of Suraj) appealed to whoever is responsible to set free the three individuals or give back their bodies if they are being killed.
Expressing solidarity to the CDO personnel who died in Thursday's firing, a one-minute silence was observed by the protestors.
Meanwhile, terror has been created in the relief camp opened at Terakhongsangbi following the Thursday attack at the village by suspected militants under the SoO, killing one CDO personnel and injuring four others.
The relief camp holds as many as 150 individuals who were being displaced from Churachandpur and has been receiving only a few aids from volunteer organizations, unlike other relief camps, which are under the watch of the public.
Also Read: Manipur Unrest: Villagers live in fear from SoO militants, hoping for rescue