IMPHAL, Sept 27: The CRPF/RAF has refuted making casteist
remarks while dealing with demonstrators protesting the killing
of two students who had been missing since July 6, Manipur
Police has said.
The clarification came after a video went viral where an RAF
personnel was allegedly heard stating, “It’s not our community,
do whatever you want (humara jaati nahi hain, kuch bhi karo,”
made rounds on social media inviting widespread
condemnation from social media users.
In a post on ‘X’ on Tuesday night, police said, “A video is being
circulated on WhatsApp groups/Twitter showing that RAF
personnel while dealing with violent mob are passing casteist
remarks. The voice in the clip is not of RAF personnel. It
appears that video maker has intentionally recorded casteist
remarks in his own voice to tarnish the image of RAF troops.
The alleged video has been made to defame and discourage the
RAF personnel who are performing their duty with high level of
dedication and sincerity.”
“RAF personnel remained deployed in different parts of Imphal
city for law and order duty throughout the day and even during
night hours. RAF personnel works on the principle of use of
minimum force and graded response to the situation” it said.
“The RAF troops has been diligently serving the nation and
playing a pivotal role in restoration of law and order situation in
Manipur,” it added.
Altogether 45 students, many of them girls, were injured in
Imphal Valley on Tuesday as police fired tear gas shells and
baton-charged protesters demonstrating against the killing of
two youths who were allegedly kidnapped in July.
In view of the prevailing situation, the government reimposed
suspension of internet services for five days and announced
that all schools in the state will be closed till Friday. (PTI)