Manipur: Accused remanded on charged of manipulating original map

Imphal, May 29 2022: The Duty Magistrate Imphal West on Saturday remanded retired Head Draughtsman Soibam Luke to 5 days police custody till June 1 on the charge of manipulating the original map of 17-Chaobok revenue village.

Retired Head Draughtsman Soibam Luke (74), of Singjamei Wangma Bheigyabati Leikai was arrested by a team of Lamphel police station yesterday morning and he was produced before the Duty Magistrate Imphal West.

As per the complainant, the map and original P-70 sheet no 4 (1986-87 survey) of 17-Chaobok revenue village was manipulated by the accused.

It is alleged that the boundary of CS Dag no.3126 was erased by a sharp blade and redrawn to extend towards the protected Waithou Hills region and increase the same land area (CS Dag no 3126) which measured 0.0906 hectare to 0.9639 hectare.

The IO of the case submitted that the map manipulation took place during the tenure of the then Head Draughtsman Soibam Luke Singh of Singjamei Wangma Bheigyabati Leikai.

The IO further submitted that several prosecution witnesses including the complainant and some employees of Settlement and Lands Records, Manipur have inspected the spot.

On interrogation, the accused admitted the charges levelled against him but didn’t mention the name of employees who associated with him in commissioning the crime.

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