Manipur: Man lynched on suspicion of stealing vehicles; 5 arrested
A man has been allegedly lynched in Imphal West district of Manipur on suspicion of stealing vehicles, a senior police officer said. Five persons have been arrested, he said, adding two associates of the victim managed to escape from the scene. The incident took place at Thouroijam Awang Leikai area on Thursday, said Jogeshchandra Haobijam, Superintendent of Police, Imphal West.
Owner of a two-wheeler among the five arrested
Along with four persons arrested, an owner of a two-wheeler, who had parked his vehicle in a garage, was arrested yesterday, the SP said. The reason for arresting the owner of the two-wheeler was not disclosed by the police officer.
Manipur Human Rights Commission has taken up the case
The five accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and remanded to police custody for four days by an Imphal court today. The Manipur Human Rights Commission took up the case suo motu in connection with the incident and directed the state Director General of Police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.
Locals demand release of the five arrested
Meanwhile, Thouroijam villagers gheraoed Patsoi police station yesterday, demanding the release of those arrested. The spokesperson of a local club of Thouroijam said that instead of arresting the two vehicle-lifters, who managed to escape, the police arrested five persons, including the owner of the two-wheeler.