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2 assaulted in Manipur

By The Assam Tribune
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IMPHAL, July 5 - Triggered by rumours on the social media, locals roughed up two men in separate incidents in Manipur, suspecting them of being child lifters and cannibals, the police said today.

According to the police, the locals found the duo in a �disoriented state�, about 2 km apart, in Saikul area of Kangpokpi district, the police said, adding that the social media posts were untrue.

As the victims failed to give a satisfactory reply upon being quizzed, they were assaulted, the police said. None of them was carrying any documents which could prove their identity, they added.

The duo was rescued and taken into preventive custody by the police. They were later taken to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here where doctors said that one of the men claimed to be from Cachar district in Assam.

The police were trying to ascertain their identities.

Although no child was reported to be missing from the district in the last three months, the police said the locals, swayed by the rumours of child lifting gangs being active in the area, had taken upon themselves to keep their neighbourhoods under surveillance. � PTI

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2 assaulted in Manipur

IMPHAL, July 5 - Triggered by rumours on the social media, locals roughed up two men in separate incidents in Manipur, suspecting them of being child lifters and cannibals, the police said today.

According to the police, the locals found the duo in a �disoriented state�, about 2 km apart, in Saikul area of Kangpokpi district, the police said, adding that the social media posts were untrue.

As the victims failed to give a satisfactory reply upon being quizzed, they were assaulted, the police said. None of them was carrying any documents which could prove their identity, they added.

The duo was rescued and taken into preventive custody by the police. They were later taken to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here where doctors said that one of the men claimed to be from Cachar district in Assam.

The police were trying to ascertain their identities.

Although no child was reported to be missing from the district in the last three months, the police said the locals, swayed by the rumours of child lifting gangs being active in the area, had taken upon themselves to keep their neighbourhoods under surveillance. � PTI