Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh. Photograph:(ANI)
Addressing a press conference, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said, “The police have arrested the suspected main culprit and further investigation is on. All those who were involved will be arrested and booked as per the law at the earliest.”
The Manipur police have arrested four main accused in connection with the viral video of women paraded naked in the Indian state. “The State Police is making all-out efforts to arrest the other culprits at the earliest. Raids are continuing,” the police tweeted on Thursday. Earlier, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren said that the main culprit was arrested.
Chief Minister Singh said that it would take all possible efforts to punish the culprit and get capital punishment. “We should respect women, mothers, sisters and all our elders and that is why we started the operation immediately after seeing the video,” Singh added.
The State Police is making all out efforts to arrest the other culprits at the earliest. Raids are continuing.
— Manipur Police (@manipur_police) July 20, 2023
The video of the incident, which occurred on May 4, recently went viral on social media triggering nationwide outrage. Ethnic clashes have been going on in Manipur since May 3
Here are the top points on the development
> The main culprit, in this case, has been arrested, and the total number of arrests has climbed to four.
> Earlier on Thursday, Manipur CM Biren Singh asked cybercrime officials to check the authenticity of the viral video, adding that after seeing the video, he immediately enquired about the incident and ordered a mass combing operation in suspected areas.
> Opposition leaders in India hit out at the Narendra Modi-led government over the incident. Leaders of the Women’s Youth Congress staged a protest in New Delhi demanding strict actions against the accused.
> “There is a genocide happening there because they are from the Kuki community that is their religion. They are being maligned that they are poppy cultivators and have come from Myanmar. This is all nonsense. Justice will be done only when chief minister (N. Biren Singh) of the state (Manipur) will be removed and the prime minister orders a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) enquiry,” Asaduddin Owaisi, the president of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) said.
> Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the May 4 incident by calling it shameful and promised tough action. “My heart is filled with pain, it is filled with anger. he incident from Manipur that has come to the fore, it is shameful for any civil society,” Prime Minister Modi said.
> Modi added that law would take its strongest steps and urged chief ministers of all states to strengthen law enforcement.
> The Supreme Court said it was deeply disturbed by the images and asked the government to inform the court of the steps taken to apprehend the perpetrators and ensure such incidents were not repeated.
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