Persons involved in forceful marriage land into police custodyIMPHAL | Oct 7
Bishnupur police has arrested eleven persons including seven women for involving in a mob lynching which occurred yesterday at Kha-Potshangbam community hall, Bishnupur district.
It is reported that one man and a woman was rounded up by the locals Upokpi Khunou and Kha-Potshangbam and forcefully married them for allegedly having illicit affairs. District police rushed to the spot and rescued the two along with a daughter of the woman.
In a viral video posted at social media (Facebook) it was seen that the two were physically assaulted by the locals alleging that the two were having illicit affairs. The two along with the minor girl were restrained and manhandled by the locals.
The locals conducted a ‘keina katpa’ (force marriage) of the couple by using empty plastic bottles as garlands. The locals also tried to forcibly cut the hair of the woman. When her minor daughter tried to defend her mother from the mob, one of the locals shouting that the child should be killed, was heard in the video. It was also seen that not only the two adults but the girl was also physically and mentally abused.
In connection with the incident, district police has arrested the culprits involved in the crime scene, namely Keisham Chandrakala Devi, 54, wife of K. Deben of Kha Potshangbam Maning Leikai ward number VII, Potshangbam Bijenti Devi, 45, wife of Tamphalakpa Singh of Kha Potshangbam Mayai Leikai ward number VIII, Potshangbam Phaja Devi, 54, wife of late P. Kondumba Singh of Kha Potshangbam Mayai Leikai, Tourem Ongbi Guneshwori Devi, 42, wife of T. Ningthem Singh of Kha Potshangbam Mamang Leikai, Oinam Shanti Devi, 47, wife of O. Kumar Singh of Upokpi Khunou Ward number VIII, Ningthoujam Sundari Devi, 40, wife of N. Bimol Singh of Upokpi Khunou Ward number 10, Kangabam Inaocha Devi, 46, wife of Late K. Saratchandra Singh of Kha Potshangbam Mayai Leikai ward number VIII, Nongmaithem Dhamu Singh, 35, son of N. Biradhaja of Kha Potshangbam Mamang Leikai, Salam Manisana Singh ,35, son of S. Jugin Singh of Upokpi Khunou ward number X, Potshangbam Hemachandra Singh ,37, son of Suranjoy Singh f Kha Potshangbam Mamang Leikai ward number VIII and Oinam Premkumar Singh, 36, son of Thoiba of Upokpi Khunou ward number VIII.
According to district police, FIR number 65(10)2019 BPR-PS u/s 147/341/352/354/506/34 IPC has been lodged to book the culprits involve in the crime after conducting an inquiry. Considering that the minor girl was manhandled and abused by the locals in the viral video, 75 JJ Act was also added in the FIR.
Police reported that Oinam Premkumar is the one who recorded the video of the crime scene. Under the FIR, eleven persons including four men and seven women were arrested today for necessary legal actions. It is also reported that the minor girl is in the custody of her biological father.
Mentioned may be made that chief minister, N. Biren tagged the viral video on his facebook page with a status that read, “State government will not tolerate such inhuman Mob justice, 6 culprits arrested till now, more will be booked under law of the land.”
A notification was issued Supreme Court has issued at the Centre and all the states to take necessary legal actions for preventing mob lynching.
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