The complaint mentioned that the “arrogant act of the personnel of 9th AR” gave a chance to “the accused Kuki militants to escape freely to somewhere, a safe zone for them”. The police alleged that the Kuki armed militants could have taken shelter at Kwakia Ward No. 8.
Manipur police have registered a case against the 9th Assam Rifles (AR) battalion for allegedly aiding Kuki militants escape and for “obstructing discharge of duty”.
As per the First Information Report (FIR) filed on August 5 at Phougakchao Ikhai Police Station, the case has been filed under section 166/186/189/341/353/506/34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) related to “disobeying law by public servant with intent to cause injury to any person, obstructing public servant in discharge of public function, threat to injury, punishment for assault, criminal force otherwise on grave provocation, punishment for criminal intimidation” etc.
According to a complaint filed by a Sub-Inspector (SI), on August 5, a police team comprising of Bishnupur commandos led by Superintendent of Police, Bishnupur rushed to Pholjang village road near Kwakta Ward No 8 after receiving an input for a follow-up case (FIR NO, 927(8)2023 PGCI-PS Urs 302/400/427/436/460 IPC and 25(1-C) Arms Act. The police team went there for search operation to track down “accused Kuki militants that might have been taking shelter at Kwakta Ward No.8.”
However, upon reaching the adjoining area between Kwakla and Pholjang village and after the Kulub Wali Masjid located at Kwakia Ward No. 8, the state police team was “stopped” and “blocked” from further movement by the personnel of the 9th AR by “keeping and parking their casper vehicle in the middle of the Kwakla Pholjang road and obstructed in discharging their law bound duly. The complaint mentioned that the “arrogant act of the personnel of 9th AR” gave a chance to “the accused Kuki militants to escape freely to somewhere, a safe zone for them”. The police alleged that the Kuki armed militants could have taken shelter at Kwakia Ward No. 8.