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Major-ranked officer held for shooting a civilian dead in Manipur

A senior officer of the Assam Rifles has been arrested for allegedly shooting dead a villager in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district following which an irate mob had torched one of the force’s vehicle on Friday night.

Alok Sathe, who was a Major-ranked official in the force was arrested on Saturday after the 26-year-old victim took the officer’s name in his dying declaration.

The victim has been identified as Mangboilal Lhouvum, a resident of Chalwa village under the Kangpokpi police station.

Major Alok Sathe allegedly without any provocation opened fire at Lhouvum.

According to reports, the Assam Rifles official was “off duty” when he allegedly shot at the villager, who was a daily wage earner and is the father of two children.

Sathe, attached to Assam Rifles’ 44th Battalion, is the commander of the paramilitary force’s Gelnel village post.

Following the incident, angry villagers stormed the Assam Rifles camp at Gelnel village.

The irate mob allegedly destroyed two AK 47 rifles, two vehicles and other camp materials and dragged out the Major and handed him over to the Manipur police.

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