A video showing a man being burnt in a trench, an incident which reportedly took place during the height of the ethnic conflict in May, went viral on social media, after which Manipur security advisor Kuldiep Singh recommended the CBI to probe into the incident on Monday.
The video edited with the word, ‘Kuki, was shared on several WhatsApp groups in Manipur on Sunday. It showed a man, in black T-shirt and trousers, lying in a trench. The face has been bludgeoned and the body is on fire.
Security advisor, Kuldiep Singh told the media during a press conference at CM’s Durbar Hall that the incident in the video took place on May 4 when the violence was high in Manipur.
He said that he does not have information of where it occurred, however, he confirmed that the man in the video is from Kangpokpi district. His name is one Lalding Thanga Khongsai alias Lal James, 37, son of Johnthang Khongsai from Hou Hongching village of Nongpok Sekmai Police Station, Kangpokpi district. His body lies at JNIMS morgue.
He further recommended the CBI to probe into the viral video. He informed that the DGP of Manipur Rajiv Singh has also recommended the incident be referred to CBI.
Speaking to the media, he said huge arms and ammunition were recovered in a search operation. During the last 24 hours, the situation in the state was tense but under control with a congregation of protesters. Search operations were conducted by security forces in the fringe and vulnerable areas of Imphal East, Churachandpur, Imphal West, Kakching and Thoubal districts.
During the operations, 11 arms, 20 ammunition, 2kg gun powder, One 51 mm Mortar, one 36 HE Hand Grenade, 10 improvised mortars (Pumpi) and two radio sets were recovered from Imphal East, Churachandpur and Thoubal districts, he mentioned.
While in another joint operation conducted at Sinam village, Imphal East district, the combine team recovered one AK assault rifles, 20 live rounds of 5.56mm, one .303 Rifles, two SMC Carbine, one empty magazine (LMG), Five BP Jackets, Five Khakee shirts, One Khakee pant, he said.
A team also recovered one 51 mm mortar launcher, one SMC Carbine, four country made pistols, Pumpi (Improvised pipe gun), improvised gunpowder from Zalenkot village Churachandpur district in an operation, he further said.
Another early morning operation was carried out in Khousabung village, Churachandpur district, he mentioned. On October 9, Special Operation Group (SOG) Thoubal along with COB Thoubal 33 AR, 195 Bn. BSF C - Coy Camp Yairipok led by Add SP (Ops)/Thoubal assisted by OC/CDO, Thoubal and one team of Yairipok Police Station under the supervision of SP Thoubal launched a massive search operation at the aforesaid area at 1 pm.
On searching the area properly, the teams found the undernoted articles and seized one SLR Bearing Regn. No. ED - 6370 along with eight magazines, one 36 HE Hand Grenade without detonator at 2.30 pm. The massive search operation was conducted from 12.30 pm and continued till 2.40 pm.
Further, he said that in the present crisis in the state, the search operation will continue till all the looted guns are recovered.
Kuldiep said on October 7, a person was apprehended by security forces near the Indo- Myanmar border along with Rs 20,00,000 cash and was handed over to Singhat Police Station. The arrested person is suspected of trying to cross into Myanmar for purchase of illegal items like narcotics or arms or any other contraband items, he mentioned.
He informed that movement of 408 vehicles along NH-37 and 445 vehicles along NH-2 with essential items have been ensured. Strict security measures are taken up in all vulnerable locations and a security convoy is provided in sensitive stretches in order to ensure free and safe movement of the vehicles, he said.
As of Monday, a total of 133 Nakas/Checkpoints were installed in different districts of Manipur, both in the hill and the valley and Police detained 1,366 persons in connection with violations in different districts of the state, he said.
Of the 5,669 arms looted, 1,344 have been recovered till last month; among the 1,344 weapons, 1,249 are sophisticated while 95 are country made weapons, he added.