Manipur cop who complained about chief minister N. Biren Singh, detained

Imphal: On Monday night, police officer Thonaujam Brinda and two others were detained for allegedly violating lockdown norms. Brinda had been in the controversy earlier this month as she had accused Manipur chief minister of foiling an investigation against a former BJP functionary alleged to be involved in a drug smuggling case. Brinda made these allegations in an affidavit to the court.

Brinda in a Facebook post raised questions to a special court’s decision to grant bail to the BJP functionary. She has been accused of showing her middle finger to the judge, a charge she denied in the affidavit.

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“Me, Sonia Phairembam and Tenao have been detained since 12.40 am at Kwakeithel FCI Crossing by Imphal West Police on charge of violating curfew according to a report from Kakching Control Room. We came across many vehicles plying on the road from kakching till here, now itself. My husband and Jack, Babloo are here. My husband agreed to pay fine for curfew violation and let us women off as it is night but they have refused. Police are saying Lamphel Police is coming to arrest me. We are completely surrounded by armed policemen in uniform.” she said in a Facebook post.

She also alleged that the police who detained her refused to identify themselves and explain the charges for detention.

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Chief Minister N Biren Singh filed a petition in court asking the court to pass an order restraining Brinda to make defamatory comments against her. On July 22, in an order, the court directed Brinda not to make “unsubstantiated and ex- facie defamatory” statement about N.Biren Singh.

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