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CBI Deploys 53 Officers, 29 Women for Manipur Violence Probe

CBI deploys diverse team for Manipur violence cases, including women officers. Intensive investigation amidst ethnic tensions.



CBI Deploys 53 Officers, 29 Women for Manipur Violence Probe

New Delhi: the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has deployed a team of 53 officers, including 29 women, drawn from various units across the country, to initiate investigations into the cases of violence in Manipur, as reported by officials.

The task force, led by three Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) – Lovely Katiyar, Nirmala Devi, and Mohit Gupta – along with Superintendent of Police Rajveer, will be under the supervision of Joint Director Ghanshyam Upadhyay, who will oversee the overall investigation process.

This initiative marks an unprecedented mobilization, especially due to the substantial participation of women officers in such a concerted manner, sources have confirmed.

Several of the cases under CBI’s scrutiny are likely to fall under the purview of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Consequently, investigations may be carried out by Deputy Superintendent of Police rank officers.

Within the 53-member team, two Additional Superintendents of Police and six Deputy Superintendents of Police, all of whom are women, are contributing to the investigation. Recognizing that Deputy Superintendents of Police cannot assume supervisory roles in these cases, the agency has dispatched three DIGs and one SP to oversee the investigations.

Furthermore, the team comprises 16 inspectors and 10 sub-inspectors, adding depth to the collective effort.

Typically, when the CBI is entrusted with numerous cases, they often rely on the respective state for logistical support. However, in the case of Manipur, the agency is striving to minimize local involvement to eliminate potential bias allegations that could affect the integrity of the investigation.

With eight cases already registered, including the incidents of women being stripped and paraded by a mob on May 4, which garnered widespread outrage following the video’s appearance on social media on July 16, the CBI is poised to delve into an additional nine cases linked to the Manipur violence. This escalation will bring the total number of cases under the agency’s scrutiny to 17.

Sources knowledgeable about these developments assert that the CBI’s involvement is not limited to these 17 cases alone. The agency might also prioritize the investigation of other instances involving crimes against women or sexual assaults.

In light of this, it is expected that the CBI may assume responsibility for investigating a reported case of sexual assault in Churachandpur district within the state.

Amidst societal divisions along ethnic lines, the CBI confronts the critical challenge of maintaining impartiality during its operations in Manipur. Any perceived involvement of individuals from a specific community could trigger accusations of bias, necessitating extreme care, according to officials.

To enhance the investigative process, the central agency will forward all forensic samples to its Central Forensic Science Laboratory in the national capital.

Since the outbreak of ethnic violence on May 3, triggered by a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status, over 160 lives have been lost and several hundred people have sustained injuries. The Meiteis constitute about 53% of Manipur’s population, predominantly residing in the Imphal Valley, while the tribals, encompassing Nagas and Kukis, form 40% and are primarily concentrated in the hill districts.


Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker’s Tragic Death

Biker fatally beaten in confrontation after motorcycle accident, succumbing to injuries.



Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker's Tragic Death
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Communal tensions flared up in the Ramganj area and its vicinity in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday, stemming from a tragic incident involving a motorcycle collision that led to a man’s demise.

According to the police, the unfortunate incident occurred at the Subhash Chowk locality in Jaipur. It was reported that after a collision between two motorcycles, a group of men allegedly assaulted one of the riders, resulting in his untimely death.

Late on Friday night, the collision transpired within the Subhash Chowk area, whereupon a group of men accompanying one of the motorcycle riders reportedly subjected the other rider, identified as Iqbal, to a brutal assault. Iqbal sustained severe injuries and was promptly rushed to the SMS Hospital. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment.

In the aftermath of this distressing incident, numerous shops in the predominantly Muslim-populated areas have been shuttered. Family members of the deceased, along with local residents, have congregated and are now demanding justice and punitive action against those responsible for the attack, as reported by PTI.

To quell the escalating tensions, additional police forces have been deployed in the region, and concerted efforts are underway to defuse the volatile situation, according to statements from the police to PTI.

A purported video of the incident has surfaced on social media platforms, although its authenticity cannot be independently verified at this time.

In a significant development, six individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case. Additionally, authorities have announced compensatory measures for the family of the deceased, as reported by India Today. The publication quoted the Jaipur Administration as stating, “A compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with employment opportunities and a dairy booth, has been announced for Iqbal’s family. According to police sources, six individuals have been detained in connection with the case.”

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Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son’s Execution

People who didn’t aid the raped, injured, and naked 12-year-old girl may face child sex abuse law charges, A senior officer of the state police said.



Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son's Execution
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Ujjain: The father of the man arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday has called for his son to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, the local bar association has appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused in court. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was discovered walking on the city streets in a wounded condition, desperately seeking assistance from passersby who unfortunately turned her away.

The injured girl is currently receiving treatment at the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where she underwent a major surgical procedure on Wednesday. A senior state police official has indicated that individuals who failed to assist the young girl when she went from door to door seeking help after the assault, which left her naked and bleeding, could potentially face charges under child sexual abuse laws. Such individuals may be charged under the POCSO Act for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to an NDTV report.

Bharat Soni, an auto-rickshaw driver, was taken into custody in connection with the case on Thursday. His father expressed his deep shame over the incident, stating, “It is a disgraceful act. I have not visited the hospital to see him, nor will I go to the police station or court. My son has committed a crime, and he should face the ultimate punishment, which is hanging,” as he conveyed his sentiments to reporters. It should be noted that Soni sustained injuries while allegedly attempting to flee during the investigation, according to the police’s statement on Thursday.

The Congress party has criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are scheduled by year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the state’s law-and-order situation had significantly deteriorated under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal, or woman has seemingly become a crime. The state ranks highest in cases of minor rape. During Chouhan’s 18-year tenure, there have been 58,000 reported rape cases and 68,000 reported kidnapping cases. Yet, the country’s prime minister, home minister, and all BJP leaders remain conspicuously silent,” Shrinate conveyed to reporters in Delhi.

The distressing incident, captured by a CCTV camera, depicts the 12-year-old girl, partially undressed and bleeding following the assault, desperately seeking assistance from neighbors who callously refused her aid. Furthermore, in a shocking display of heartlessness, one individual can be seen shooing her away as she approaches him for help.

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Mob’s Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh’s House in Imphal East, Manipur

Protests and clashes escalate in Imphal’s Manipur following tragic youth deaths; curfew reinstated in two districts.



Mob's Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh's House in Imphal East, Manipur

Imphal: Tensions flared in Manipur as an enraged crowd, numbering in the hundreds, gathered outside the private residence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh in the Heingang area of Imphal East. Security forces successfully prevented their attempt to breach the premises, according to PTI sources. Notably, the residence was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

Earlier, the district magistrate of Imphal East had announced a temporary relaxation of movement restrictions, allowing for a window between 5 am and 11 am on Friday for the entire district. However, this relaxation coincided with a fresh outbreak of violence in the Imphal Valley, stemming from the tragic deaths of two youths whose images had triggered widespread protests across the northeastern state.

The parents of the deceased youths had appealed to the authorities to locate their children’s remains, underscoring the importance of conducting their final rites with the dignity they deserved. Subsequently, protests erupted, mainly led by students, in various areas of the state capital, including Uripok, Yaiskul, Sagolband, and Tera. The clashes between protesters and security personnel prompted the use of tear gas shells to maintain order.

To impede the advance of security forces into residential areas, demonstrators obstructed roads with burning tires, boulders, and iron pipes. Additionally, an enraged mob vandalized the District Commissioner’s office and set two vehicles on fire. In a separate incident, a BJP office in Khongjam, Thoubal district, was also set ablaze, as reported by the police.

Subsequently, curfew was reinstated in both Imphal East and West districts as security forces grappled with the ongoing violent protests, which had resulted in injuries to 65 demonstrators since Tuesday. Police initiated a search operation to recover stolen firearms and apprehend those responsible for the disturbances.

The Manipur Police issued a statement asserting their commitment to taking stern action against individuals involved in criminal activities.

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