A Border Security Force (BSF) head constable, caught on camera last week sexually assaulting a woman inside a grocery shop in caste-torn Manipur, has been suspended by the Border Guard. A case has been filed against him.
Footage from a CCTV camera inside the shop, widely shared on social media, showed a man in uniform and carrying an Insus rifle – later identified as Head Constable Satish Prasad – pushing the woman.
“The incident took place on July 20 at a shop near a petrol pump in Imphal. The accused has been identified as head constable Satish Prasad. He has been dismissed and a case has been registered against him,” a senior officer told NDTV.
According to the official, the BSF has initiated an internal inquiry against the accused after receiving the complaint. “He has been placed under intensive custody and departmental proceedings have been initiated against him,” the official said.
Last week, a video of two women being paraded naked in the state’s Thoubal district went viral ahead of the gang-rape, sparking widespread outrage. Seven people, including a juvenile, have been arrested in the case so far.
“The state police is making all-out efforts to identify the rest of the criminals by raiding the hideouts of the suspects who have been identified,” said a senior officer in charge of the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Manipur Police claimed that several zero FIRs have been lodged in sexual violence cases but no progress has been made in the investigation as the victims and survivors are yet to join the investigation.
He said, we are also taking action against those who are spreading fake news.
The state police filed a case on Monday after a video of the shocking killing of a woman by armed men in Myanmar was circulated blaming Manipur and fomenting unrest in the violence-torn northeastern state.
The Cyber Crime Police (CCPS) has lodged an FIR and started an investigation to find out the IP addresses of those who circulated the video.
Authorities are determined to arrest those behind this “fake news” and hold them accountable for disturbing public peace, inciting violence and attempting to disrupt law and order in a state witnessing an ethnic conflict.
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