The agency used a sufficient number of female officers to arrest the accused and all the legal procedures were followed...
Digital Desk: A special court in Guwahati granted the CBI five days of custody of the four accused who had been arrested in connection with an investigation into the cases of two missing Manipuri students who were reportedly killed, officials stated.
The youths, Phijam Hemanjit (20) and Hijam Linthoingambi (17) both went missing on July 6. On September 25, images allegedly depicting their bodies surfaced, sparking violent protests, mostly by students.
In connection with the cases it lodged on August 23, the CBI detained two persons, Paominlun Haokip and Smalsawm Haokip, and two women, Lhingneichong Baitekuki and Tinneilhing Henthang, on Sunday.
The accused appeared before a special court in Guwahati, which stated that there was "prima facie" enough evidence to hold the defendants in CBI custody for five days. On October 7, the accused will be produced before the court.
The court further directed the Kamrup district's district child welfare official to oversee the proper care of two young accuser daughters who had been brought to Guwahati along with them for security.
According to CBI sources, the agency used a sufficient number of female officers to arrest the accused and all the legal procedures were followed.
The two incidents related to the missing students were previously reported to the Imphal Police and Lamphel Police on July 8 and July 19, respectively, based on the complaints of the victims' parents.
After the images allegedly depicting those killed went viral on September 25, a team of CBI officials headed by the agency's Special Director Ajay Bhatnagar arrived in Manipur on September 27 to monitor and assist the investigation. Violent protests by students rocked the Manipur capital during the next two days.
On the evening of September 28, a mob attempted to attack the ancestral home of Chief Minister N Biren Singh, but security personnel stopped them.
The deputy commissioner's office in the Imphal West district was vandalized by another mob. Since the ethnic disputes began in Manipur on May 3, when a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organized in the hill regions to oppose the Meitei community's desire for Scheduled Tribe status, more than 180 people have died and hundreds have been injured.
The majority of Meiteis, who make up around 53% of Manipur's population, reside in the Imphal Valley. A little over 40% of the population are tribal people, mostly Nagas and Kukis, who live in the hill districts.