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Manipur: Acid attack incident shocks state; accused still at large

Source: | Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IMPHAL | Dec 3, 2017: Three persons have been arrested in connection with an acid attack on one Mangsatabam Menaka, 32, wife of Mangsatabam Santosh, 38, of Soibam Leikai Wangkhei Khunou, Imphal East on November 29 at around 9 pm at Citizen Club area.

Speaking to media person during a press conference held today at Manipur Press Club, secretary of Citizens Club, Sapam Banabir Singh said this has never happened before in the history of crimes in Manipur history.

He said Menaka was attacked by one Md. Tomba, 22, son of Azad Ali of Hatta Inta Khola, Imphal East.

Banabir said according to the victim, she owned a hotel at the locality around 500 metres away from her residence. On that fateful day in the evening Tomba came at the hotel and ask about a girl but she told Tomba she had no idea where she might be, and the man went back.

When she came back home calling it a day and shuttering her hotel, Tomba suddenly appeared and threw acid on her. The acid hit on her right shoulder and some parts of the chin including dorsal side of her right palm.

He said she was immediately taken to JNIMS causality and after first aid she was referred to Regional Institute of Medical Science, Lamphel for further treatment. Doctor said she suffered 10 percent acid burn on her body, Banabir added.

Though the incident happened on November 29, no one from the family of the accused turned up to clarify or negotiate, he claimed.

Citizens Club made a decision that the accused family will be expelled from the locality permanently and the medical expenses would have to be born by the culprit’s family until she recovers completely, Banabir asserted.

He further said the family of Tomba is notorious for selling drugs in the locality and for many shady activities. He appealed to the government to take fitting legal action against the culprit immediately for the horrendous attack on an innocent woman without any reason.

“He must be given exemplary punishment so that such crimes do not recur ever again,” Banabir added.


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