Pothashang News Service

Imphal, November 24: An alcoholic set ablaze two harvested rice stacks (locally called Phoubei) at the Laipat Loukon paddy field, Ningthoukhong Bazar, Bishnupur district yesterday morning.

The suspect who committed burnt the rice stacks as Moirangthem Roben Singh, 35 from the same village. The rice stacks belonged to Pukhrambam Birachandra Singh and Michael P.

The effort of the fire brigade could not save the rice from turning into ash.

The villagers caught Roben Singh with psychotropic substance and tablets strip at the same spot. He was found taken two of the intoxicating tablets. Enraged at his conduct the villagers turned violent, however rescued by a police team who appeared at the spot.

The villagers asked who would bear the cost of living of the two poor farmers who lost their one year’s rice. He might be punished according to law, but the alcoholic must pay the value of the burnt rice, said the villagers. Through the social media the villagers appealed relevant authorities and civil society organisations to take up measures to defend from such rude acts in the future.

This was the third such case of burning down rice stacks this season in the state.

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