IMPHAL, May 18 - At least 11 women involved in alleged vandalism inside a court complex in Imphal, were arrested by the police on Saturday.
The incident occurred on Saturday at around 11 am when a woman accused in the murder of her husband was produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East Court at Lamphel court complex.
Twenty-six-year-old Helen alias Thoi Devi, who is the prime accused in the murder of her husband Khunjamayum Arun Singh of Bamon Kampu on April 21 was produced in the court on Saturday.
Helen and one Naoshekpam Rabi Singh (45), who is the pradhan of Bamonkampu Gram Panchayat are the prime accused in the murder case.
Residents of Bamon Kampu were agitating on their demand for befitting punishment to the alleged accused.
The residents stormed the court complex when a vehicle of Manipur Central Jail carrying the accused woman was about to leave the court complex after producing her in the court.
While the vehicle, with the accused woman on board, was leaving the court complex, a group of people suddenly stormed the court complex.
They attempted to block the vehicle and attack the woman. Police personnel on duty rushed to the spot and foiled the people from causing any damage to the vehicle that left the complex hurriedly.
The people then turned towards the court and allegedly ransacked properties of the court. They also allegedly smashed the window panes by pelting stones, the reports said.
They also allegedly assaulted an advocate who was inside the court complex. They also confronted with the police who tried to stop them.
Reports said additional police force led by SP rushed to the spot and joined the efforts to put the agitators under control. As the situation remained out of control, more police force led by State police DIG Timthing Ngashangba rushed to the spot.
As many as 11 women allegedly involved in the vandalism inside the court complex were rounded up and taken to Lamphel police station where they were detained. The detained women were produced before a duty magistrate where they were remanded to police custody for 15 days.
All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) has strongly condemned the alleged vandalism inside the court complex.