Army rebuttal on 'face-off fiasco with bandh backers'
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, September 01 2011:
With regard to the news report in some dailies including this paper in the September 1 issue under the headline 'AR men in face-off fiasco with bandh backers', the PIB (DW) in a statement has strongly refuted all the allegations.
Clarifying that no crackdown was carried out by AR troops, the statement also denied the charge of beating up and molesting women bandh supporters as had been reported.
Further clarifying that no AR officer was detained by the bandh supporters and that two AR personnel mentioned in the report were not moving on motorcycle but were walking on foot when they were stopped by women bandh supporters, the PIB (DW) affirmed that 43 AR shares very cordial relations with the local people.