Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) on Saturday raised concern over the increasing crime committed by individuals who possess licensed guns and persons holding unauthorised arms in Manipur.
YFPHR appealed to the government of Manipur, department of Home and deputy commissioners of all the districts to urgently review the situation and stressed that necessary action be initiated to curb gun related crimes in Manipur.
It recalled the recent four past incidents in which one person showed gun and robbed an iPhone from a mobile store; a woman was shot dead on the night of World Cup final, while one armed person fired several rounds at a shop, and a woman was shot dead again on the night of December 23, 2022 at Pallel.
It stated that the incidents are not a sign of good future for the state and need an urgent intervention of the state department of Home. It urged the offices of the deputy commissioners of different districts to review the issuance of licensed guns and to trace the easily available of unauthorised arms in Manipur.
YFPHR raised serious apprehension that there is an increasing presence of strong nexus on dealing with unauthorised guns in the state, and some sections of the society are benefitting from those businesses. Therefore, urgent intervention is needed by the aforementioned departments, it stated.