According to source, one Hepuni, a native of Songsong village located in Mao Maram Tehsil of Senapati district was apprehended by 34th Assam Rifles in the wee hours on Saturday at around 3:00AM.
Hepuni was apprehended assuming him to be an underground cadre headed by Major Arun, the outpost commander of Mao, situated 6km away from sub-district headquarter Tadubi, source said.
The 34th Assam Rifles, source said, also allegedly in connection with the arrest, recovered cash of Rs 50,000 from one Mr Rakuyio of Songsong village. Sources confirmed that Hepuni was taken to Maram, 45km away from district headquarter Senapati.
Ukhrul Times correspondent while filing the report, said the situation is getting tense at Maram Bazaar with the intervention of the public and Civil Societies. The Assam Rifles allegedly challenged the public and the Civil Societies denying their rights to know the grounds of the civilian’s arrest. Various Senapati civil bodies are appealing the Assam Rifles to release Hepuni.
Senapati highway connecting Nagaland has been shut down due to the incident, source said.
Section 50(1) CrPC, the right to know the grounds of arrest does not apply in Manipur. Assam Rifles is given special powers by the ministry of home affairs to search and arrest anyone without warrant in Northeast states of Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Mizoram.
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