Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 7, 2018: A member of KCP with three persons was arrested in connection with the killing of Thokchom Jagat alias Tony during Yaoshang festival that broke the melody of the festival.
The person who shot Jagat was a member of KCP group which is under suspension of operation, said police. He has been identified as Haobijam Dillip alias Taibangnganba from Bishnupur residing at Langol Lai Manai in Imphal West. He was arrested with the double barrel gun used to shoot Jagat. His companion has been identified and Sandam Tombi from Langol Lai Manai.
The other two are said to be trans-genders. Police have also seized the car in which they came at the incident spot.
Jagat, son of Suresh, resident of Nagamapal Phougeishangbam Leikai was shot death on the street near his home while returning from participating Thabal Chongba of Yaoshang festival at the intervening night of March 2 and 3. He was shot by Dillip, one of four who were in a car after heated argument on overtaking along the road. Jagat with his three friends were on two bikes.
Locals say according to the CC TV footage one of the four was hit with the gun butt. Seeing it Jagat started to run, and shot him. This was the first time a CC TV captures a killing scene which helped the police to trace the culprits.
As the police failed to book the culprit before the deadline of Wednesday 4 pm served by the joint action committee formed to press the state authority for justice, the JAC imposed bandh in Thangmeiband block and extended the deadline for another 48 hours.
The police were able to arrest four of them who were in the car within the next deadline. The Thangmeiband United Club (TUC) which took charge over the issue immediately withdrew the bandh, this morning after it was informed of the killer’s arrest.
This was again the first time for villagers to reward money on the head of the culprit. With the failure of the police to book the killer within the Wednesday deadline TUC announced a sum of Rs. 1 lakh to anyone who can give clues to the identity and whereabouts of the killer. It promised not to disclose the identity of the person who gives the clue.
Local MLA Khumukcham Joykishan and people drew the attention of the state government on ‘irrational issuance’ of licensed gun to civilians.
Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh on Monday said the police had analysed the CCTV video footage of the killing and one suspicion of the murder has been identified. He had also assured that government would give extra financial help/ex-gratia to the family of the deceased.
Jagat was a Taekwondo player as well as polo rider.
The locality complains that the incident occurred due to security lapses at the Nagamapal area where there is a not even a street lamp.
Even if the Thangmeiband bandh was withdrawn people blocked the Phougeishangbam area. The area will be blocked until the body of Jagat is cremated. The family of the deceased boy will receive the body after the chief minister meets the representatives of JAC, TUC and family members, said a member of the united club.
The body is still at the mortuary of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal.
The agitators have agreed to post mortem the body on the condition to conduct it in presence of a magistrate and record on video.