Phoibut VA blames cops for mob violence

IMPHAL,6th Oct: Alleging slow response of the police over the mob violence which occurred in the village on October 3, Phoibut (Charoi Chagotlong Part 1) Village Authority election secretary Paul Golmei has said that the unfortunate incident could have been averted if police responded to the report of the village authority in time.

Speaking to media persons during a visit to the village on Friday, Paul informed that the mob violence originated from an incident of September 20 when one Lujangngam Gonmei (22) son of Gonbilung Gonmei created some ruckus in the house of one Dithailung Gangmei of the village on September 20 night.

Soon after the incident, Gonbilung apologised on behalf of his son to Dithailung while filing a complaint to the village court. Subsequently, the village court resolved the issue on September 26 without any objection from Dithailung and his family.

However, on October 2, Tupul Village Council served a notice instructing Lujangngam to come to the council’s office the following morning while threatening of ouster from the village if he does not come. Sensing trouble over the nature of the notice, he did not go to the council’s office. Later, at about 4 pm, around 50 to 60 people armed with weapons came to the house of Lujangngam in several vehicles and vandalised the properties while asking him to leave the village. They also killed a pregnant cow and took it away, he claimed.

He further said that the village authority gave prior information to Noney police station hinting possible occurrence of violence. However, police did not responded to their information and came only after the incident had occurred. The incident had rendered the family homeless, he said while condemning the failure of police in protecting public lives and properties. Expressing uncertainty of any eventuality, he appealed to the authority concerned to look into the matter and book those involved in the incident.

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