Family claims man arrested for media threats is acting under duress

IMPHAL, September 28: Family members and neighbours of Th Priyokumar who was arrested by the Imphal West police commandos in connection with last month’s threat on media houses claimed that Priyokumar is innocent and could have been acting under duress.

Th Priyokumar was arrested by a team of Imphal West commandos yesterday from Kakching Khonou. He was produced before the court and remanded to 10 days police custody for further investigation into the case.

Family members and local neighbours today called a press conference at the Manipur Press Club, claiming Priyokumar’s innocence. Jadumai Thokcha, president of the Hiyel Young Popular Club said that Priyokumar is a BE degree holder from the Manipur Institute of Technology and living a simple life working as a technical staff of Infra tel Company and used to work with Airtel Company before that.

He said a local had met with Priyokumar in police custody, this early morning.

Priyokumar told the local that he was threatened by two unknown individuals to carry out the threats.

The two persons were waiting for him in front of his gate about a month back and handed a press note to him asking him to send it to all the media houses, Jadumai said. Following the incident, he scanned the press note and sent it as instructed, continued Jadumai.

Dinamani Sagolsem President of the All Uchiwa Development Association further appealed to the concerned authorities to release Priyokumar if he is found innocent during further investigations.

When asked by the media whether Priyokumar had ever mentioned about a threat before his arrival, Priyokumar’s wife replied in the negative.

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