Tense calm prevails in Manipur days after Videp Showing women being paraded Naked by a group of men sparked massive outrage and condemnation. Crowds gathered at several places in Manipur on Thursday for protests.
The video from May 4, which surfaced on July 19, showed the women being paraded naked and groped by a group of men. They were marched towards a paddy field, where one of them was allegedly gang-raped. Since the outbreak, four men have been arrested.
According to Manipur Police, all four belong to Thoubal district and were arrested with the help of the viral video. Heradas, who was seen wearing a green T-shirt in the video, and Arun Singh, Jivan elangbam, Tomba Singh were arrested on Thursday.
The police and security forces are continuing raids to arrest all culprits.
Crowds gathered at several places on Thursday to protest against the incident of women being paraded naked on May 4, which came to the fore after a video went viral on July 19
A search operation is also underway in the vulnerable and fringe areas. Arms and ammunition were recovered in searches yesterday.
Meanwhile, over 600 vehicles with essential supplies have arrived in Manipur. Tight security is provided to ensure the safe movement of these trucks in sensitive areas
More than 150 people have lost their lives and several injured since ethnic violence broke out in Manipur on May 3, when a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organised in the hill districts to protest the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe status.
Meiteis account for about 53 per cent of Manipur's population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 per cent and reside mostly in the hill districts.