Bomb planting at NPP office: Ka Sur ka Bri U Hynniewtrep criticises govt. police dept. for arresting youths
The leaders of Ka Sur ka Bri U Hynniewtrep (Voice of the Hynniewtrep People) criticised the government and the police department for arresting five youths in connection with the planting of an IED outside the National People’s Party (NPP) office in Lower Lachumiere on October 4.
Claiming that the police made the arrests on “mere suspicion”, secretary of the conglomeration, Marbud Dkhar said, “Let the police investigate the matter, but to accuse 19-20-year-olds of planting IED is unfounded and that we will not allow the state government to arrest the youth randomly.”
Dkhar was addressing a sit-in demonstration against the government’s delay in suspension of police officials involved in Cheris S. Thangkhiew encounter on August 13, at Malki ground on October 13, when he said so.
He also added that the family members of the youths are in fear that a Cherish S. Thangkhiew-like encounter may take place at their homes. “The family of the arrested youths are afraid as the police had a similar suspicion against Bah Che (Cheris S. Thangkhiew) before he was killed,” he said.
Meanwhile, another member of the group, Donboklang Kharlyngdoh called the arrest of the five youths an “intelligence failure”.
“The local headman has said that all five of them are innocent, and some are daily wage earners. If there is CCTV proof, then show us. We condemn this act of picking up the boys from the area,” he said.
The police, on October 11, had arrested five youths from Umphyrnai in connection with the IED planting at the NPP office.
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