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This Imphal Woman's Twitter Thread Alleging Harassment By The CRPF Is Most Alarming

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12/10/2016 12:53 PM IST | Updated 12/10/2016 2:09 PM IST
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What is it like to live under relentless surveillance? What is it like to be one of the few parts of the country where the security forces arguably have unlimited power? What is it exactly like to grow up and continue living under the shadow of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA)?

A Manipuri woman chronicled the trials of living in a state where the armed forces have unbridled power in a series of alarming tweets. If true, the tweets underscore the need to actively reconsider the institution of AFSPA in parts of the country.

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In a series of tweets, Swar Thounaojam, shares the ordeal her sister allegedly has to face every day in hands of the CRPF personnel posted in the vicinity of her shop. And it's not just her business that suffers, the entire string of shops in the area has faced the heat from CRPF, she alleges.

She wrote, "My youngest sister runs a shop alone in one of the main markets in Imphal. Let me tell you how CRPF personnel harass her everyday. "

When her sister opens her shop early morning, she is questioned by the personnel.

Thounaojam alleges that the CRPF jawans stare at her the whole day and ask her questions under the pretext of "interrogation".

And they create a ruckus when she resists to cooperate.

Thounaojam further adds, "they say they are checking for bombs but ofc it's harassment."

And whenever a vehicle slows down in the shop lane, arguments break out.

The CRPF personnel are posted at the state Governor's residence for security and how they have allegedly keep harassing her sister and other shopkeepers in that area.

She concludes saying, "One of Imphal's biggest markets is behind the Governor's bungalow and the CRPF have been increasingly harassing the people around."

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