Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday termed the mysterious death of Akoijam Nonganba alias Aging a "barbaric act" and assured to book all the culprits involved in the case.
Biren was responding to the calling attention raised by Opposition MLA K Ranjit in the House on the reported killing of Nonganba at Changoubung village in Kangpokpi district on February 12.
Drawing attention of the Leader of the House, Opposition MLA Ranjit appreciated the immediate action of the police department for arresting a deputy kilonser of NSCN (I-M) and one Thokchom Sonia. He questioned whether the incident is related to individuals or with a particular group or organisation where a deputy kilonser of NSCN (I-M) was arrested and another person, who is also reported to be a cadre of the same outfit, who is at large.
The Opposition MLA further sought information regarding the status of the investigation.
Responding to the calling attention, Leader of the House, N Biren Singh, who is also chief minister, expressed confidence in the state police. A suo-moto case was taken up in connection with the incident at the concerned police station and in continuation of the investigation, deputy kilonser Moses Gonmei and a woman, reported to be the "lover of the deceased", were arrested on February 13 and 17 respectively, the CM replied.
In connection with the incident, a special investigation team (SIT) has been set up. However, till the present stage of investigation, no clue has been found that the crime was committed under individual interest or by a particular group of organisation, he added.
Biren said the other person, reported to be involved during the crime, Stephen, is still at large and the search is continuing. He said the status of the investigation will be reported to the House from time to time if necessary.
The Leader of the House also said that if necessary, the case will be handed over to a central agency but the culprits will be booked.
Nonganba, son of former minister (late) AK Pilot Langam from Kwakeithel Awang Konjeng Leikai, Imphal West, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Changoubung under Kangpokpi Police Station, Manipur on February 12.