IMPHAL, November 6: Local residents of Tharoijam Maning Leikai ferreted out the man who allegedly killed a minor girl at Tharoijam Maning Leikai the day before. He was thrashed by the enraged locals at the Community Hall of Tharoijam Maning Leikai today.
The culprit is identified as Chinganbam Shamjai, 25, son of late Ch Ingocha from Tharoijam Maning Leikai and was a neighbour to the eight year old girl Longjam Jina daughter of Mangijao Singh.
Jina was allegedly murdered after being raped last evening and her dead body was found in a field near her residence at around 8.30 pm.
Earlier this morning at around 9 am, locals began to search the culprit who allegedly killed the girl after raping her.
The local club and Meira Paibis summon all the men in the community between 14 to 40 years of age in the community hall and start investigating whether any of the local man were involved in the crime.
Later after discovering that the culprit, Chinganbam Shamjai, had scratch marks on his hand and there was something amiss with his body language, the locals interrogated him as their suspicions grew.
Shamjai confessed to his crime of killing the eight year old girl after raping her. He also informed the locals that he acted alone and no one else was involved while committing the crime.
The enraged locals after his confession thrashed him black and blue and threw his body at the field assuming him to be dead. A Patsoi Police team who later arrived at the scene after finding out that he was alive rushed him to the RIMS hospital.
Shamjai sustained multiple injuries in his head, back, chest and many other places.
A case has been registered at the Patsoi Police Station regarding the incident.
A meeting was also held by the locals of Tharoijam Maning Leikai about the incident.
The parents of Jina have urged the government to punish the culprit in front of all the people so that it doesn’t happen again to any of the girl child.
The locals appealed the government to take action at the earliest and punish the culprit while also urging for ex gratia to the bereaved family.