Strongly condemning the questionable behavior of Manipur Police ASI Hitler Singh who acted on an innocent and poor truck driver, Dale Alexander of Kapao village, the Koide Union has demanded his immediate service termination.
A joint press statement of Koide Union, Koide Kapao, Koide Biisho, Koide Youth and Students Organisation and Senapati-Karong Areas Koide Union stated that Dale son of Sele is a young truck driver, the only breadwinner of his poor family.
Driving trucks is his life-time profession although he is not well educated. Such inhumane mental and physical assault could lead to giving up his profession for fear of further harassment in near future, if such unruly police personnel are not given befitting punishment in the interest of the general public, it said.
The union also came to learn that Dale Alexander is not the only driver from Koide Union, there are four other drivers who have been tortured by Hitler Singh namely, H Reihii son of Henii, H Birbal son of Henii, K Nanii son of Kavei and L son of Lunii.
It has also been reported that police are collecting money from truck drivers right in front of the office of Kangpokpi Police Superintendent near Kangpokpi bridge. While trying to escape from the police on duty because drivers are not willing to pay them big amount, they were often chased and beaten up, the Union added.
Extending gratitude to Senapati District Students’ Association, Senapati District Drivers Welfare Union, Senapati District Truck Owners Association and Senapati District Truck Drivers Union for spearheading the protest on behalf of the victim and all drivers in Manipur, the Union said that full support shall be given to economic blockade volunteers until their demand is met.
And if the need arises, Koide Union will send youths to the street to carry out effective agitation, it added.