A day after a 76 days-old video of two Kuki women being paraded naked in Manipur surfaced on the internet, the main suspect, Heradas (32), was arrested in Thoubal district. He was arrested with the aid of a viral video showing him wearing a green shirt, police said.
Later, chief minister Biren Singh said, “After taking a Suo-moto cognisance of the incident immediately after the video surfaced, the Manipur Police swung to action and made the first arrest this morning. A thorough investigation is currently underway and we will ensure strict action is taken against all the perpetrators, including considering the possibility of capital punishment.”
Tensions are running high in the hilly areas of Manipur after a two-month-old video of two women being paraded naked surfaced on the internet on Wednesday. The alleged incident took place on May 4 in Kangpokpi district, a day after violence broke out in the north-east state.
In a first official response to the alleged video the Superintendent of Police (SP), K Meghachandra Singh issued a press note on Wednesday.
It had stated “As regards the video of 2 women paraded naked by unknown armed miscreants on 4th May 2023, a case of abduction, gangrape and murder was registered at Nongpok Sekmai Police Station (Thoubal district) against unknown armed miscreants. Investigation has started and the state police is making an all-out effort to arrest the culprits at the earliest”.
The press note was also tweeted by BJP Leader and IT Cell in-charge Amit Malviya.
Condeming the incident,Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the incident of alleged harassment of women in the eastern state of Manipur was “shameful” and urged all state chiefs to ensure safety of women.
Several videos have surfaced on social media which show two women paraded naked on a street in violence-hit Manipur, after allegedly being gang raped
Recently, a distressing incident from Manipur has resurfaced where two Kuki women were paraded naked by unknown armed individuals. The main suspect, Heradas, has been arrested in Thoubal district with the help of a viral video showing him wearing a green shirt. Chief Minister Biren Singh responded promptly to the incident and assured that a thorough investigation is underway. He emphasized that strict action will be taken against all perpetrators, and even capital punishment may be considered.
This incident has caused tensions in the hilly areas of Manipur, and it comes after violence erupted in the state. The Superintendent of Police issued a press note confirming the registration of a case of abduction, gangrape, and murder against unknown armed miscreants in relation to the video.
The police are still conducting their investigation and are making every effort to find the offenders.
The act was denounced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called it “shameful.” He pleaded with all state chiefs to prioritise women’s safety and take action to stop such horrible crimes.
Several videos that depict the terrible deed of the two women being paraded naked on a street after reportedly being gang-raped have appeared on social media.
Justice for the victims is demanded in response to the atrocity, which has sparked widespread indignation.
Authorities are determined to prosecute the offenders and are treating the situation seriously.