Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh condemned the killing of three persons, including an eight years old boy and the chief of MP Khullen village, while gravely injuring a two years old boy on Tuesday at B Gamnom village.
“My government cannot tolerate such brutal acts against the peace-loving people. There is no place for violence in this democratic country. I condemn their unwarranted use of violence in the strongest terms,” Biren said.
The deceased persons were identified as Paolal Kipgen, 51, son of Kamkhotinthang Kipgen, Chief of Npkholen; Jamkholam Khongsai, 68, of Saichang and Lalminthang, 8, son of Seiminthang of B Gamnom.
He termed the incident as an act of terrorists.
Miscreants indiscriminately fired upon the villagers were making arrangements to perform the last rites of the Kuki UG group cadres who were killed during a gunfight between security forces on Sunday, Biren said.
Four terrorists belonging to Kuki National Liberation Army (KNLA) were gunned down in an encounter with security forces at the forest area of Bongmai Khullen under Kangpokpi.
All necessary means to provide security to the villagers who had fled in panic due to the violence will be taken up, he added.
Directions have been issued to top-level police officers to ensure that the villagers are protected, he said.
Orders have been issued to the Indian Army, Assam Rifles, and high-level officers of Manipur Police to take up strong action against those involved in the incident. Directions have been given to the authority to take up all necessary measures to save the life of the severely injured, he added.
Biren said his government extends heartfelt condolences and shares the pain and loss of the bereaved families.
He prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace.