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CBI constitutes 53-member team to probe Manipur violence, 29 women officers included

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Guwahati, Aug 17: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has constituted a team comprising of 53 officials to probe multiple cases related to the ethnic violence in Manipur.

The team consists of 29 women officers, marking a unique mobilisation where a substantial number of women officers are simultaneously involved in the investigation.

The team includes three Deputy Inspector General (DIGs)- Lovely Katiyar, Nirmala Devi, and Mohit Gupta- along with Superintendent of Police Rajveer.

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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had earlier submitted to the Supreme Court that the CBI would probe 12 First Information Reports (FIR) involving women victims, and it would also pursue the cases detected during investigation.

The cases being investigated by the CBI may reportedly fall under the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. These cases can be probed by officers holding the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police.

There are two Additional Superintendents of Police and six Deputy Superintendents of Police who are part of the 53-member team.

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In June, along with forensic experts, CBI officials visited various places in the State in connection with six cases of violence. The officials went to Pangei Police Training School; Naoremthong near NG College in Imphal; and Churachandpur district, where arms and ammunition were looted from an armoury.

The agency took over those cases on a reference from the State government after Union Home Minister Amit Shah, during his visit to Manipur, announced that the CBI would conduct the investigation. Subsequently, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a DIG-level official was also formed.

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