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Active worker of Manipur minister among two killed in pre-poll related violence in Samurou

The gun attack took place near Machu Cinema Hall at Samurou, located along Mayai Lambi Road, around 10 pm Sunday, police sources said.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated on 11 Jan 2022, 3:51 am

Protesters block traffic movement at Mayai Lambi road (PHOTO: IFP)

Protesters block traffic movement at Mayai Lambi road (PHOTO: IFP)

Two men, including a worker of Manipur Agriculture Minister O Lukhoi, were shot at by unidentified persons at Samurou under Wangoi Police Station in Imphal West late Sunday. The two injured were rushed to separate hospitals in Imphal, but both succumbed to their injuries, sources said.

The gun attack took place near Machu Cinema Hall at Samurou, located along Mayai Lambi Road, around 10 pm Sunday, police sources said.

The deceased have been identified as one Abujam John and Sashikanta. John was rushed to Advance Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries around 10.30 pm on Sunday night. A Sashkianta passed away around 5 am on Monday after undergoing an operation at Raj Medicity, police said.

John was an active worker of Agricultural Minister Lokhoi, while Sashikanta was a Havildar of IRB. Both are related, the sources said.

Speaking to the Imphal Free Press, John's wife Bimo, 56, said that her husband had left the house around 8.40 pm after taking dinner. After a while, she also came out at their gate and stood there for some time, she narrated. She could see John and Sashikanta standing on the other side of Mayai Lambi road and having a conversation. However, the area they were standing, was poorly lit and dark, she added.

Out of nowhere, a man of short height suddenly went towards them and she could hear gunshots fired three times. The man fled from the spot immediately, she added.

As her husband announced that he had been shot, she rushed towards him and held him in her arms, she further said.  

Sashikanta, who ran off after getting shot, was found lying on an alley between houses some 60 metres away.

While the reason for the killing is yet to be ascertained and the culprits remain at large, locals strongly protested against the killing by blocking traffic movement at Mayai Lambi road by burning tyres.

Demanding justice for those who were killed in the incident, a joint action committee was formed in an emergency meeting at the complex of New Young Sporting Club, Samurou early Monday.

The meeting unanimously resolved that the JAC will take up necessary action against the killing of Abujam John and Abujam Rishikanta alias Tomba.

It was also resolved that the JAC will not accept the bodies until the relevant source of killing is furnished proactively.

The meeting further resolved to demand Chief Minister N Biren Singh to open a police outpost at a feasible area in Samurou Municipal Council and fit modern technological devices like CCTV to prevent such crimes in the future.

The JAC resolved to launch further action if the facts of the killing are not furnished within 48 hours from 10 am of Monday.

Lately, the state has been witnessing several incidents of violence, as its Assembly elections nears. . Three persons have been killed so far in poll related violence in the state.

 

IFP Bureau

IFP Bureau

IMPHAL, Manipur

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