On Thursday, government officials recovered the mobile phone used to record the video of two Manipur women being paraded naked. They stated that the case will be handed over to the CBI for further investigation.
CBI to Probe Naked Parade Video in Manipur (Photo: India Today)
A video showing the molestation and public humiliation of two women in Manipur, recorded on May 4 and surfaced on July 19, has led to widespread anger across the country. Officials investigating the case have seized the phone used to record the incident. The matter will now be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for further examination.
To ensure a fair trial, the government plans to move the case outside the state of Manipur and present it in a court in neighboring Assam. Tomorrow, the government is expected to approach the Supreme Court with this request.
In an effort to find a resolution, representatives from the Union Home Ministry are engaging with leaders from both the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur. The primary goal is to initiate negotiations between the two communities. Although opinions on reconciliation vary, the government remains optimistic about a potential breakthrough in the talks.
According to the source, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is closely monitoring every aspect of the situation in Manipur and is receiving regular updates on the developments. In fact, there are days when he is briefed about the situation in Manipur three times a day.
His personal involvement reflects the seriousness with which the government is addressing the issue and seeking a resolution to the troubling events in the state.
INCREASED SECURITY AMIDST ESCALATING VIOLENCE
Amidst the ongoing violence in the state, authorities have taken significant measures to enhance security. More than 35,000 personnel from the Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been deployed. A buffer zone has been established between the Meitei-dominated valley areas and the Kuki-dominated hill areas.
Additionally, efforts are being made to reinforce the Indo-Myanmar border in the region. So far, 10 km of Manipur-Mizoram border fencing has been completed, and further survey work is being conducted urgently. The agencies involved have been directed to expedite the process and complete the border fencing as soon as possible to secure the area.
INDIAN OPPOSITION BLOC TO VISIT MANIPUR
The opposition alliance INDIA is scheduled to visit Manipur on July 29 and 30 in light of the ongoing violence in the state. Congress whip in Lok Sabha, Manickam Tagore, announced that a delegation of 20 Opposition MPs will be visiting Manipur during the weekend.
The visiting MPs will include Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, Gaurav Gogoi, Premachandran, and Vandana Chavan, among others.
The incident of two Manipur women being paraded naked on May 4, which was captured on video and went viral on social media this month, has sparked nationwide outrage. The ethnic violence in Manipur, which has lasted for nearly three months, has resulted in over 160 deaths.
The opposition has used this opportunity to criticize the Modi government, leading to intense discussions during the Monsoon session of Parliament, which commenced on July 20.