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Khasper Death Case: Court frames charges against six accused

The six accused in Khasper death case have also been charged with mischief and voluntarily causing grievous hurt to seven other persons.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 13 Apr 2022, 2:28 am

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The Session Judge, Imphal West on Tuesday framed charges against six accused who were allegedly involved in the killing of a boy and causing grievous injuries to seven others in 2021.

The victim, Khasper Rajkumar, 17, son of (L) RK Dhanasana of Naorem Leikai, Singjamei died of firearm wounds on February 28, 2021 after a shootout that took place on February 27, 2021, at Kakwa Huidrom Leikai, Imphal West.

The accused are one Longjam Rakeshkumar Singh ,45, son of L Achou Singh of Kakwa Huidrom Leikai in Imphal West; Longjam Achou Singh ,76, son of (L) L Iboton Singh; Longjam Chitraranjan Apu, 40, son of L Langkeshwor Singh; Longjam Niranjan alias Naocha Singh, 38, son of L Langkeshwar; Longjam Manoranjan alias Mocha Singh, 35, son of L Langkeshwar and Longjam Langkeshwor Pekto Singh, 73, son of (L) L Iboton.

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Several sections of IPC, including murder and Arms Act were slapped against the main accused Longjam Rakeshkumar. The rest accused were also charged with mischief and voluntarily causing grievous hurt to seven other persons namely, Amarjit, Bingo, Inao, Hemabati, Thoibisana, Banish and Barun.

As per the post mortem report, Khasper died due to heart injuries resulting from a gunshot to the chest. The gun was fired from a distant range and homicidal in nature, as per the report.

The court stated that even though the prosecution has not submitted charges under Section 426 IPC, it has used the power to frame charges against Longjam Rakeshkumar instead of Section 506 IPC. 

The court further stated that since injury caused to N Amarjit is 'simple injury by dangerous weapon', charge under Section 324 IPC is attracted against Rakeshkumar.

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As Bungo, Inao, Hemabati, Thoibisana, Banish and Barun sustained 'grievous injury due to pellets of firearms and gunshot', charge under Section 326 IPC is attracted against Rakeshkumar, the court observed.  

As Khasper died of bullet injury from the gun fired by accused Rakeshkumar, a charge under section 302 IPC (murder) is to be framed against the accused, it stated. Since the firearm was used in violation of statutory provisions, charge under Section 25(1-C) Arms Act is attracted, it continued.

However, as the place of occurrence did not fall within a “disturbed area”, a charge under section 25(1-B) Arms Act is to be framed against the accused Rakeshkumar. But, there is not sufficient material for framing charge under Section 307 IPC (intention to kill by shooting), it added.  Accordingly, the court has framed charges of 426/34 IPC against all accused. Except for Rakeshkumar, other accused are discharged from charges under section 302/307/326/506/120B IPC.

The court framed the charges against Rakeshkumar under section 302/324/326 IPC and section 25(1-B) Arms Act and he was discharged from the charge of section 307/506/120B IPC.

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First published:12 Apr 2022, 3:05 pm

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