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Manipuri women beaten

New Delhi, Feb. 2 (PTI): A man was arrested today, seven days after he was allegedly involved in assaulting two Manipuri women in south Delhi, the second incident of targeting of people from north-east in a week.

The incident occurred in Kotla Mubarakpur on January 25 evening.

Facing criticism over “delay” in filing an FIR and alleged inaction, police today arrested Prem Chand, 32, from Kotla Mubarakpur. The man is a resident of the area.

The police have booked him under sections of SC/ST Act, besides various sections of IPC in the case.

The police said the women were beaten up by a group of men in their late 20s. One of the victims, who worked at a shopping mall, had gone to buy some herbs from a shop, owned by her acquaintance from the Northeast around 9.30pm on that day.

As she stood in front of the shop, a youth came along with a pet dog whose leash got entangled with the woman’s shoes. She panicked and kicked the animal to get rid of it, the complainant said.

While the dog darted, the youth started arguing with the woman after which her shopowner friend intervened.

Around this time, Chand, the owner of the dog, also came to the spot and the argument turned violent. Chand, along with some locals, started beating both the women.

The women were also molested in full public view. Locals also allegedly hurled lewd and racist remarks at the victims. The women said when they reached the police station to lodge an FIR, policemen were initially reluctant to register a case which was registered only the next day after leaders of some Northeast outfits intervened.        


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