A local organisation, the Leihoumi Salai Ahongpung Thougal Lup (LSATL), on Friday demanded the arrest of a Teli boy who gave misinformation about the December 5 Telipati incident to an organisation based in Assam who passed on the ‘misinformation’ to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
"The information about harassing the Teli community by the locals is totally false. It is considered as an attempt to create a communal riot,” said Nandalala Angomcha, president of LSATL.
He also charged state police for the crisis stating they remained a mere spectator when the Tili communities started undemocratic protest and destroyed the small shrine of the Meitei community set up at Ahongpung.
“In fact, the small shrine was constructed on the state’s land which is under the jurisdiction of the state government, but the police failed to act and protect the shrine”, he alleged.
Stating that the state police who were on duty on the same day at the location are the main witnesses of the incident, he said that the fact of the incident can be obtained easily and the inquiry is being conducted against those police personnel.
The president also lamented the state government for being one sided by arresting only the Meetei community while none of the Teli, who ignited the issue, were arrested.
Clarifying that the locals do not break god’s idol as alleged by the Teli community, he admitted that he himself had destroyed some idols kept in the Ahongpung surrounding which seems to look inappropriate to passersby.
He also appealed to the panellists on local TV channels to refrain from commenting on the incident before knowing the ground reality and facts.