Friday, December 2, 2022

Video of gamblers snatching arms from cops goes viral

Correspondent

Video of dice (lagao) gamblers snatching service arms of police after an altercation has gone viral on social media in Manipur.
In a follow up action, the police arrested one of the arm snatchers who was later released on bail, an official statement of the Imphal East district police said.
The incident happened at Khurai Lamlong area of Imphal East district on Monday night where gamblers snatched two AK rifles from police who sought money from them (gamblers) to further allow them to continue their game as per the video. The video showed the gamblers snatching two AK rifles from a team of police personnel after an altercation broke out when the police personnel tried to take away the dice materials.
Before this, one personnel was heard asking for money for the game to continue. However, Imphal East district police, in a statement on today (Wednesday), stated that one AK rifle was snatched by one unknown person and it was eventually returned by an elder lady present at the spot.
As per the statement, a team of Imphal East police comprising additional SP (L&O), SDPO Porompat and OC of Porompat police station rushed to the spot on receiving information around 9am the next day.
The police identified the person who had snatched the AK Rifle as Puyangbam Tarzan Singh (25) son of late P Gowad Singh of Khurai Sajor Leikai and he was apprehended around 3.30 pm after a brief chase.
The apprehended person was thoroughly interrogated and verified at Porompat police station. However, no malafide intention could be established and hence he was released on PR bond.
While handing him over to the members of the local club, he was warned not to repeat the act in future, the statement said.
Local sources said the youths did not run away from the spot after snatching the AK rifles. They remained at the spot and returned arms to the police personnel through elders and women who were present at the spot.
In the meantime, a highly reliable source said that the policeman involved in the incident has also been placed under suspension from his service. The source, however, refused to divulge the details of the suspended policeman.

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