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On day of Manipur mob horror, 2 gang-raped, killed 40km away | India News


GUWAHATI: Two young tribal women from Manipur’s Kangpokpi work in a Imphal car washes were allegedly gang-raped at their workplace, dragged out by a mob raging across the capital, and left to die on May 4, coinciding with a horrific strip parade 40 kilometers away that day.

The latest in a series of accounts of blood-clotting crimes taking place behind the smokescreen of ethnic conflict that may still be buried under the mountain of 6,000 odd FIRs registered so far features a Meitei friend of the two victims who failed to inform their families of what happened.

The friend, who had seen from afar the police ambulance coming to pick up the brutally beaten duo, went to the hospital the next day and was told they both died of their injuries, she said. TOI on Friday.
Her woman informed a cousin of one of the victims who was hiding in a church to escape the frenzied crowd. It was only after Assam Rifles evacuated her to Kangpokpi that the families of the victims learned of the tragedy that befell their girls.

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“It was terrible,” said a male colleague of the two victims. “A large group of men along with some women arrived at the car wash around 5:30pm on May 4. Everyone in the locality knew that these two tribal women worked there.”
The witness alleged that the women in the crowd encouraged the men to bring the victim into the room and sexually assaulted them. “They dragged someone inside, turned off the lights and took turns raping her. Then they did the same with my other co-workers. They covered both of their mouths with clothes to stop them screaming.”

The ordeal continued for about an hour and a half, after which the mob dragged both women outside and dumped them next to a sawmill in the vicinity, a second colleague who witnessed the case said.
“Their clothes were ripped, their hair was cut and their bodies were covered in blood,” said the man, also from one tribe.
One suo motu PINE TREE was registered at Porompat police station in Imphal East district the same day, based on information received at around 8.20pm about mob violence against tribal communities in the area. Andro parking area near Bheigo sawmill.

“Two seriously injured women from the tribal community have been transported Jawaharlal Institute of Medical Scienceswhere they die,” the FIR declared.
The FIR did not mention the identities of the two girls, although the hospital recorded their names, possibly from their IDs.

“We fear stigma. How can we say that our daughter was raped?” the mother of one of the women said TOI from her home in Kangpokpi, explaining why the family did not report it immediately after hearing the news. “I have accepted her death and am trying to come to terms with what happened. What saddens me the most is that I didn’t receive her body.”
On May 16, she gathered her courage and filed a Zero FIR at Saikul police station. FIR says her daughter and other women work as caregivers at Gama Car Wash near Konug in the Imphal East district. “They were brutally murdered after being brutally raped and tortured,” it read.

Saikul police station records show that the FIR was transferred to Porompat police station afterwards.
“I have not heard from the police since I filed the FIR. She is my eldest child and her monthly income of Rs 5,000 is a great source of support for us. Her father was a small farmer,” said the mother.
A senior official said police were still reviewing thousands of complaints. “About 6000 FIRs have been filed on various types of crimes ranging from armed robbery to arson, murder, arson and assault on women. We are dealing with them and starting an investigation,” he said.

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