Imphal: Manipur police on Thursday said that 16 persons have been arrested, including minors, in connection with the infamous private Facebook group which has drawn criticism from netizens over its derogatory content.

Earlier, various rights bodies, including Manipur State Commission for Women, had lodged complaints against the Facebook group ‘Kanglei emagi….’ for sharing and uploading derogatory and obscene content of women without their consent or knowledge. Since then, police have been on the manhunt for the administrator of the group.

Newly-appointed Imphal West SP S Ibomcha said that the Imphal police station and Cyber Crime Police Station (CCPS) registered an FIR each on June 12 after receiving reports that the members of the group were involved in sharing of photos and videos of women and posting derogatory comments, reports said. This amounts to outraging the modesty of women, the SP was quoted as saying.

During the course of the investigation, the police came to know that members of the Facebook group used to send and share derogatory photos and videos of girls, including minors, through a WhatsApp group, as per reports.

Earlier, in connection with the cyber crime case, the police had arrested the admin of the WhatsApp group — Kanchui Mangkung, 27, from his rented room at New Checkon in Imphal East district on June 14. He is a permanent resident of Sorbung village in Kamjong district, reports said.

Upon receiving the same report from both the Facebook page and WhatsApp group, Cyber Crime PS registered another FIR and started an investigation. During the course of an investigation based on the FIR, police initially arrested Konjengbam Krorchandra Khaba, 27, of Kongkham Makha Leikai Ward No. 8, and Abujam Satyajit, 27, of Changagei Mamang Leikai.

Later, the police picked up Elangbam Birjit, 26, of Irilbung Kalika, Aribam Bony, 34, of Keishamthong Ahanthem Leikai, Mingchatlen Laishram, 22, of Wangkhei Tokpam Leikai, Angom Roshan, 28, of Sekmaijin Thongam Leikai and two minor boys, said the police.

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On further the investigation, police arrested more members of the group — Konjengbam Arunkumar alias Franki Gaming, 29, of Kwakeithel Lamdong Leikai, Victor Sorokhaibam alias Ngongo, 28, of Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai, Khuraijam Surjakanta alias Dhoko, 28, of Singjamei Chinga Mathak, Soibam Singhajit, 28, of Singda Kadangban Part 1, Oinam Nanao, 33, of Top Moirangkampu, Thokchom Lanchenba, 18, of Lamboikhongnangkhong Emoinu Shanglen Leirak, and three other minor boys, the police said.

The SP further said that social media is a good platform if used in the right way, while appealing people, particularly the youth, to take benefits from it rather than misusing it to the extent of causing self-destruction and dishonouring society.

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