Court further remands UNC chief in police custody

Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East today remanded United Naga Council’s leader Gaidon Kamei and his associate information secretary Shankhil Stephen in police custody for another 10 days.
Gaidon and Stephen were produced at the court with a prayer for further judicial custody on the charge of burning down a rice loaded vehicle bearing registration number MN O7C-376 at Siblong along the NH 37.
The investigation officer in his prayer mentioned that a truck was burnt by K. Thomas, Kangkieng Pamei, David Kamei and James Inka who were all members of UNC and the police are putting their efforts to cause arrest of the absconding persons. The I.O. demanded 10 more days to complete the investigation.
The defence council objecting strongly prayed for bail.
The court denied the prayer to grant bail and the accused persons were remanded further in to police custody till January 21.
It was the third time the court was asked to grant bail for the UNC leaders.
The court ordered to produce the duo at the court on January 21 and stated to consider the application filed by the accused persons on the same day.
The court stated to give due medical treatment and adequate food while they are in police custody.
Gaidon and Stephen were apprehended by a state police team on November 25. The continuing blockade of the UNC has completed 76 days.
They have been given police custody remands several times following court’s orders on different charges of violence along the national highways. They were last produced at the court on January 11.

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