IMPHAL Oct 23: Village chief of M Saheiphai, Sangaikot was shot death by armed miscreants inside his own residential compound early morning today.
The deceased village chief is identified as one Paokhothang Haokip, 58, son of late Jamkhai.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 5:30 am today when some three unknown assailants intruded into Paokhopmang’s residence and fired at him from a close range.
The victim sustained bullet injury at his back and died at the spot.
Churachandpur police station has registered a case in connection with the killing of the village chief.
However, at the time of filing this report there has been no report of any arrest in connection with the killing nor clarification from any underground group on the reason for killing the village chief.
In the meantime, the Kuki Chiefs’ Association (KCA), Chandel called an emergency meeting today at the residence of TT Haokip, vice president KCA, Chandel and condemned the killing of Paokhothang Haokip, S/o (L) Jamkhokhai Haokip, chief of Saheipai village on October 22.
According to the release, Paokhothang Haokip was shot dead at point blank range while he was having beetle-nut at a shop just outside his house late evening. The KCA in the release has appealed to all organization or individuals involved in such uncivilized act to claim the responsibility behind the murder at the earliest and shares the grief and pain with the bereaved family.