AR to probe assault on civilians in Manipur

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Imphal, Oct 2 (UNI) The Assam Rifles authorities in Manipur have decided to probe into the matter of assault on people of four villages by the troops on Sunday.

The AR PRO said appropriate actions would be taken against those found guilty.

People have alleged that jawans of 21 Assam Rifles had beaten up several innocent villagers following the murder of one of their jawan in an encounter with People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) cadres at Umathel in Thoubal district.

The Working Committee of Apunba Lup (WCAL), which is demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 (AFSPA), also demanded appropriate actions against the troops.

Police said about 50 persons were seriously injured and were admitted to various hospitals of Manipur.

State Works Minister K Ranjit said, ''There is no point harassing the innocent people. Such actions of the troops had forced the people to demand repeal of AFSPA.'' UNI

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