Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh shared statistics while replying to a query in state Assembly

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh shared statistics while replying to a query in state Assembly

8 FIRs Filed on Churachandpur Violence, 2 Transferred to CBI, Announces Manipur CM

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh revealed that eight First Information Reports (FIRs) have been lodged in connection with the recent spate of violence in Churachandpur, with two cases handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The decision to transfer the two cases to the CBI stems from suspicions of militant involvement. Biren Singh disclosed that 20 individuals have been identified for their roles in arson and vandalism related to the incidents in Churachandpur.

The Chief Minister provided these details during the ongoing 5th session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly. Responding to questions from MLA K Ranjit regarding injuries and fatalities among state and central forces during the conflict, Biren Singh reported that nine police personnel and three central forces lost their lives, with 98 and 69 individuals injured, respectively.

He informed the assembly that ex-gratia payments have been made to the families of eight deceased police personnel, while compensation has been provided for injuries, with one case still pending.

In response to a calling attention motion by Congress MLA Keisham Meghachandra Singh, Biren Singh reiterated the government’s commitment to preventing such incidents from recurring. He assured proactive measures for a thorough investigation into the Churachandpur incident.

Addressing concerns raised about MLA Paolienlal Haokip’s alleged involvement, Biren Singh stated that Haokip’s social media activity had incited unrest following the suspension of a head constable. He noted that security forces attempted to disperse the mob peacefully before encountering armed resistance, resulting in casualties among both forces and civilians.

Referring to reports of document burning at government offices, the Chief Minister clarified that while some offices suffered damage, not all were affected. The violence in Churachandpur erupted in response to the suspension of a head constable after a controversial selfie circulated online.

The incident, which occurred on February 14, led to two fatalities and over 42 injuries as security forces clashed with protesters at government premises housing the police superintendent and deputy commissioner offices.

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