IMPHAL, April 12: A JAC formed soon after miscreants fired from a double barrel shot-gun at a Meira Paibi shang at Nungei Village under Lilong Police in Thoubal district during the night of April 11 injuring at least 14 persons has demanded the authorities concerned to arrest the culprits within five-days.
Speaking at a press conference at the Manipur Press Club, JAC convenor Sanjoy said failure on the part of the government to punish the culprits within the set deadline would cause the people of Nungei to launch severe forms of agitations which could only aggravate the present tension.
Sanjoy said around 8pm of April 11, three miscreants believed to be from a particular community came on a motorcycle and fired two rounds from a local made shot gun at the local Meira shang.
Altogether 14 persons were hit by pellets out of which nine are critically injured, he said.
While two suffered only minor injuries, 12 others including four children, six women had to be rushed to the hospital and presently undergoing treatment, he added.
Sanjoy claimed the firing seemed intentional and aimed at the Meitei community of the area.
Although there is tension in Mayang Imphal area between two communities since yesterday’s violence, there was no tension among the communities residing in Nunglei area, and the shooting incident is uncalled for, he added.
In the wake of the incident, he further appealed to the government to provide security in the area so that such unwanted violence is not repeated in the future.