Manipur: FIR against Assam Rifles personnel for allegedly ‘torturing’ man with no identity proof

Manipur: FIR against Assam Rifles personnel for allegedly ‘torturing’ man with no identity proof

May 09, 2019

An FIR has been lodged against an officer of the Assam Rifles for allegedly torturing a farmer due to him failing to produce an identification proof during a surprise checking conducted by them.

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As per a report in The Hindu, the headman and four others of Marou village in Manipur's Ukhrul district have lodged a police complaint against an Assam Rifles officer for torturing a 28-year-old marginal farmer after he failed to produce identification proof during an allegedly impromptu checking of the bus he had boarded.

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The incident reportedly took place on May 6 at Litan, about 50 km from Ukhrul town. as per the complaint, Mungshang Konghay of Marou village and his friends had boarded a bus in the nearest town Litan at 10:00 a.m. to go to Yaingangpokpi Bazaar, about 13 km away, to buy essential commodities.

Personnel of the 17 Assam Rifles at a nearby outpost followed them into the bus and asked them to produce identity proof. While the others showed theirs, Konghay could not as he had apparently lost his Aadhaar card a few days ago.

Following this, the Assam Rifles personnel allegedly assaulted him.

Wungnaoshang A. Shimray, the man's uncle and local leader of Naga People's Front also said that the personnel suspected him to be a member of an underground organization.

Later, the locals took Mr. Konghay to the primary health centre at Yaingangpokpi Bazaar for treatment. In the evening, Marou village headman Ramkahao Awungshi and four others filed an FIR at the Litan police station against Captain Dheeraj Gautam, commander of the Assam Rifles outpost.

Timothy Maram, the officer-in-charge of Litan police station, said there was no official intimation from the Assam Rifles authority regarding taking the victim into their custody and releasing him later.

No official statement from the Assam Rifles has been received so far until the filing of this report.

Source: The Hindu

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