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Manipur mob lynching: Special Investigation Team formed

Manipur mob lynching: Special Investigation Team formed

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 18 Sep 2018, 07:04 am

Guwahati, Sept 18 (IBNS): The Manipur police have formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the mob lynching of a youth last week.

According to the state Home Department, the SIT is led by Additional Superintendent of Police of Imphal West district S Hamenta Singh.

On Sunday, four police personnel, including a Sub-Inspector, were suspended.

A top police official said  an inquiry has been  initiated as a video of the incident shows that the four police personnel were present at the spot when the victim was still alive.

On September 13,  Farooq Ahmed Khan, a 26-year-old MBA student, was attacked by a mob in Imphal West district on the suspicion of being a bike lifter.

The youth hailed from Lilong Haoreibi area in Thoubal district.

The incident took place at Tharoijam Awang Leikai under Lamsgang assembly constituency when Farooq and his two friends were travelling in the area.

The mob also  torched the car in which Khan and his two friends were travelling.

The two companions of Khan managed to escape.

Locals alleged that the youths were caught by the villagers when they were stealing a two-wheeler from the area.

The Manipur police  registered a case (34(9)/2018) under section 302,117 and 34 of IPC and arrested five people in connection with the incident.

The police said 13 people, who attacked the youth, have been identified and they will be arrested.

Different organisations have urged the state government to conduct a proper investigation into the incident.

The Manipur Human Rights Commission has also registered a suo moto case and directed the Director General of Police of Manipur to submit a report by September 22.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)