‘Deceased village chief Zilhem is paternal uncle of his killers’

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Imphal: The deceased chief of Naphai village Zilhem, who was shot dead on Monday night, is the paternal uncle of the three killers, ADGP (L/O) Clay Khongsai said on Thursday.

Of the three arrested persons in connection with the killing Jamlal Khongsai, 40, is a cadre of KLO/KLA organisation which is under suspension of operation agreement, the senior police officer said.

The two others were Thangkhohao Khongsai, 37, and Paoluang Khongsai, 36.

On Monday night Zilhem was called out by an unknown person from his house and was shot twice in the stomach. He was succumbed to bullet injuries at CHC, Saikul on the next day at about I :15 am.

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A case was registered at Saikul Police station. In the follow up action, Saikul Police teams were immediately mobilized. Mobile Forensic Team, Imphal West, Lamphcepat was requisitioned that visited the place of occurrence for inspection of the crime scene at Naphai village on Tuesday and seized some incriminating articles. Executive Magistrate was requisitioned for carrying out inquest of Zilhem’s body and to be present during post mortem examination, that was carried out under camera, Clay said.

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During the course of investigation, it was revealed that the accused were from the same village. On Wednesday about 4:30 am the three persons were nabbed. It was learnt that the three persons planned and killed Zilhem by using firearms. They admitted to have committed the crime. So, the three accused persons were arrested on the same day at 3:30 pm, he added.

Three licensed SBBL guns were seized from their possession. They  were prodduced before the concerned court on the same day. They were remanded on police custody for ten days till June 17.

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The motive of the crime so far established was family feud over chieftainhip. Further investigation is underway, Clay said.

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