The chief judicial magistrate, Imphal West on Friday remanded former president of Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Manoharmayum Barish Sharma to five more days of police custody till October 31.
The former president of BJYM, who was arrested by the Imphal Police team in connection with the shooting at Sega Road, was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West on Friday through video conference after completion of six-day police custody.
The duty magistrate remanded him for six days till October 27 and others arrested in connection with the crime were taken in judicial custody.
Barish Sharma was arrested in connection with the October 14 incident which took place at Sega Road, Khwairakpam Leikai in Imphal West district, where armed persons numbering around 20, in an attempt to abduct a person, fired several rounds of gunshots injuring five people.
Police have already arrested five persons in connection with the crime.
According to police, Barish was arrested at around 11.20 pm last Saturday from his Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhi Mapal residence in Imphal East.
On the night of October 14, at around 10.30 pm, amid curfew imposed by the district administration, around 20 armed men in civilian fatigues came and tried to abduct a person from Sega Road, Khwairakpam Leikai.
Local Meira Paibis and club members tried to stop them from committing the act but the gang fired rounds of gunshots injuring at least five individuals including a woman.
Barish was charged with the Arms Act, violation of curfew, criminal intimidation, and attempted murder.
During police custody, Barish hid other accused who were involved in the incident. So, the IO of the case prayed for further police custody for a smooth investigation.
Other culprits arrested earlier are Nongthombam Tony Meitei (36), son of (L) Kumar of Langthabal Lep Mayai Leikai, who is the vice president of BJYM Manipur Pradesh and presently staying at Nungoi Makha Leikai; Ningthoujam Vicky (30), son of N Bhorot of Kongba Nandeibam Leikai and Khaidem Nibas (33), son of Lukhoi of Singjamei Wangma Pebiya Pandit Leikai; Alex Ningombam, for Ajit Kumar and Gurumayum Rayban, son of (L) Robindro, both from Brahmapur Laljilakpa Leikai.
Meanwhile, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West has rejected the bail applications of five accused persons who were arrested in connection with the Sega road firing incident of October 14.
The court has remanded all five in 15-day judicial custody till November 8 for smooth conduct of the investigation.
They were arrested in connection with the shooting and attempted abduction incident of October 14 at Sega road Konjeng Hajari Leikai.
The accused persons disclosed that following a threat to Manoharmayum Barish on social media by one Bosin of Sega road, they decided to go to Bosin to punish him.
They came inside the residence of Bosin and tried to abduct him but the locality intervened and a crowd gathered. The gang started firing towards the crowd resulting in the injury of five persons.
Additional public prosecutor submitted that the alleged offences made under section b188/307/326/365/506/34 IPC and 25(1-B) A, Act added section 448 IPC are very serious charges where all five victims received bullet injuries and grievously injured.
“The interrogation statements of all accused persons are similar as they were part of the same group in the incident” submitted the additional public prosecutor, adding that the bail should be considered by balancing the rights of the accused as well as victims by considering the material facts.
After considering the submission of all counsels of the accused and the additional public prosecutor, the Court opined that there is a prima facie case of the alleged offences made against the accused persons and there is progress in investigation of the case.
It was submitted that the charges against accused persons are serious in nature and are triable cases, and there is a high possibility that the accused persons may hamper and temper with the investigation if they are released on bail.
With the observation, the court remanded them in judicial custody by rejecting their bail applications.