IMPHAL, August 12: Normal traffic along the Mayai Lambi was disrupted for several hours in protest against the detention of two residents of the Mayang Imphal Chabung Company by the Police.
The individuals detained have been identified as Lousangbam Santosh Singh, 27, son of L Leishang Sing and Yumnam Sarat, 34, son of Yumnam Ningthemjao both from Chabung Company Mayai Leikai.
Sources said that they were arrested in connection with the death of Md Habib, 30, son of Md Amuba of Irong Makha Leikai.
Early this morning around 3.15 am, Santosh was on his way to retrieve a fishing net from his farm when came across Habib carrying a LPG gas cylinder, sources said.
Being suspicious, Santosh asked Habib to stop but the latter fled leaving behind the cylinder. Following this Santosh alerted the locality and went after Habib.
Habib who was trying to flee clubbed another individual injuring him on his head.
The injured has been identified as Asem Ningthoubi, 43, son of (L) Ibobi Singh.
However, Habib was intercepted at Mayai Leikai and severely assaulted by a crowd that had gathered.
On receiving information of the incident, a team of police arrived at the scene around 5 am and took away Habib who was badly hurt.
The police admitted him at Mayang Imphal PHC, where he was given medical attention but with his condition deteriorating.
As preparation was going on to shift him to the RIMS, he succumbed, sources said.
Santosh who went to lodge a complaint about the incident was detained by the police. Moreover, the owner of the LPG was also detained by the police.
Disappointed on the police action, the angry locals blocked the Mayai Lambi for several hours however they were dispersed by the police.
Meanwhile, sources also informed the Habib was accompanied in the theft by an accomplice identified as Md Amar, son of Md Khalique of Irong Keithel who is still at large.