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Assam Rifles Manipur Police and civil bodies sign tripartite agreement over shooting of a man by officer

The Assam Rifles, Manipur police and civil bodies in Kongpokpi district of the frontier state on Sunday signed a tripartite agreement after a Major-ranked officer of the force allegedly shot dead a civilian that snowballed into a widespread protest.

According to the agreement in a bid to bring peace in the district, a police probe has been initiated into the incident and a compensation of Rs 10 lakh by the central para-military force has been announced.

A police official said that according to the tripartite agreement the present company of 44 Assam Rifles at the Banglabung outpost would be removed or replaced at the earliest after approval from the Army Headquarter in New Delhi.

Instead, a fully-functional armed police station would be set up in the area with a minimum of 40 in strength at the earliest.

The agreement, jointly signed by Commander of the 22 Sector Assam Rifles Brigadier P.S. Arora, Additional Director General of Manipur Police, Sub-Divisional Officer and three leaders of the local civil societies.

The agreement was signed after the widespread public protest broke off after an Assam Rifles Major reportedly shot dead a villager Mangboilal Lhouvum, 30 at Chalwa village in Kangpokpi district of Manipur on Friday night.

Irate mob including women soon began a violent protest and burnt down two Assam Rifles vehicles, two AK 47 rifles and ransacking the force’s camps and furniture.

Police said that the Assam Rifles Major accompanied by four jawans in civil uniform raided the house of Lhouvum on Friday night and dragged him out from the home and then shot him point blank.

The victim, who subsequently succumbed to his bullet injuries at a hospital, is a daily wage earner and father of two children.

The Assam Rifles Major has been arrested.

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