One person, believed to be a drug peddler, was allegedly beaten to death by members of an anti-drug trafficking body in Manipur's Imphal East district, following which a mob ransacked the organisation's office and the residence of its president, police said Saturday.

A writer was additionally ambushed when he, alongside different recorders, went to cover the mob violence. Individuals from the Anti-Drug Joint Committee had gotten Mohammad Helim from his home on late Thursday night asserting that he was a medication vendor, police said. 

They supposedly ambushed him during investigation prompting his demise, the police said. At the point when the updates on Helim's demise spread, individuals of his territory raced to Kairang zone and scoured the Committee's office and the living arrangement of its leader, Mohammad Ajimuddin, on Friday. 

Ajimuddin, however, managed to flee. Police had to lob tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. A group of journalists went to cover the violence and one of them, W Bikram Meitei, was attacked by the mob, and an official was injured while trying to protect him, police said.

Police said eight people were captured regarding the crowd savagery. In an announcement, All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) said Meitei, wrongdoing columnist of Echelon Express, was assaulted with iron pole and bamboo sticks.

The AMWJU thanked Sub-divisional Police Officer L Sangkarjit and the police personnel of Imphal East district for saving the life of the reporter.
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