Three more individuals including the vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Manipur Pradesh, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the Sega Road firing case where five suffered bullet injuries including a woman.
After being produced before the Duty Magistrate, Imphal West on Wednesday evening, they have been remanded into police custody till next Wednesday.
The three arrested persons have been identified as one Nongthombam Tony Meitei, 36, son of (L) N Kumar of Langthabal Lep Mayai Leikai, presently staying at Nungoi Makha Leikai and is also the vice president of BJYM Manipur Pradesh; Ningthoujam Vicky, 30, son of N Bhorot of Kongba Nandeibam Leikai and Khaidem Nibas, 33, son Kh Lukhoi of Singjamei Wangma Pebiya Pandit Leikai.
The firing incident took placed on Saturday around 10.40 pm at Sega Road Khwairakpam Leikai, Imphal West when some armed miscreants allegedly tried to abduct one Khaidem Seitajit alias Bobo from his residence when the locals including Meira Paibis of the area tried to stop the activities of the miscreants.
During the incident the armed miscreants fired several rounds at the public injuring five individuals including one Meira Paibi.
It is reported that the three individuals were arrested from the disclosure of Ningombam Alex and Gurumayum Rayban during interrogation at police custody who were arrested earlier in connection with the same case.
Police said one four-wheeler (Hyundai CRETA), white in colour and which was allegedly used during the incident, by the armed miscreants was recovered and seized from the possession of the three that were arrested on Wednesday.
After the three individuals including vice president of BJYM were produced before the Duty Magistrate, Imphal West by a team of Imphal Police Station, they were remanded for eight days police custody for further investigation and to identify the main accused of the case.
During the remain prayer hearing, alleged accused Nongthombam Tony Meitei, in his submission before the court, mentioned that he is Vice President of BJYM Manipur Pradesh
The Court, on perusal of the case record and after hearing the submission of the investigating officer, remanded them into police custody for eight days till October 25
Meanwhile, members of the JAC formed in connection with the firing incident visited the two individuals who sustained major bullet injuries at JNIMS Ortho ward on Wednesday.
The two injured are RK ongbi Medhabati Devi, 50, wife of RK Manao of Sega Road Konjeng Hajari Leikai and Nongmaithem Priyananda alias Ton, 43, son of late N Mani of Sega Road Konjeng Hajari Leikai.
Hospital authority said that Medhabati sustained bullet injury on her left shin and the bone fractured. Priyananda sustained multiple bullet injuries, two on his left leg and one on his right leg.
Medhabati told the media that she will never forgive those armed miscreants.
“My husband is totally blind and I am the sole bread earner in the family. Who is going to take care of my husband if I am lying in the hospital?” she lamented.
Priyananda, who is to participate at the 37th National Games as a referee in ‘Sepak Takraw’ event, told the media at ICU ward of JNIMS that she “went out from my residence after hearing that some miscreants are trying to abduct one person from his locality not an intention to join the mob. I heard some rounds firing in the air and I stayed still thinking that they were firing in the air. But those miscreants aimed and started shooting towards the mob. After that I received bullet injuries”.
He said shooting the innocent public is an act of gundaraj and the government should take stringent action against those who misused arms in such an act.
Priyananda appealed to the government to book those culprits involved during the incident and be given appropriate punishment under law.
Convenor of the JAC, Chongtham Iboyaima told the media at JNIMS that the JAC thanked the state police for their swift action in arresting the five accused who are allegedly involved in the incident. He said one Manoharmayum Barish Sharma, who claimed to be president of BJYM Manipur Pradesh and who is allegedly the leader of the armed miscreants, is yet to be arrested.
It is heard that Barish applied for anticipatory bail to the concerned police station, he said and cautioned that if any MLA or minister is found pressuring the police to defend Barish, then the JAC will storm the residence of the respective MLA or minister for intensified action.
He said Priyananda will not be able to live a normal life due to the fracture in the injury.
JAC further appreciated local MLA, Nishikant Sapam for providing all the financial assistance for the treatment of all the injured persons.