Woman found murdered after being `raped`, houses of accused torched

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IMPHAL, June 6: In an apparent case of the rising crime against women in the state, a woman was found brutally murdered allegedly after being raped by a man who happened to be a husband at Amurou Macha Loukon, Heirok Part III Kabo Leikai under Heirok Police Station in Thoubal district today morning.

The deceased has been identified as Ningthoujam Rebika Chanu, 25 daughter of Late N Ingo of Heirok Part II Tomal Makhong. She is the third of four siblings.

According to reports, the dead body was come across by some workers who went to the area to perform daily activities. At the time of the recovery of the body, the private part of the deceased was found in such a condition that a stick was inserted into it after being raped. Wound mark was also found on the body`™s neck believed to have caused by placing a heavy object for long. Injury mark was also found on the left face assumed to be cut by a pointed object.

On receiving the shocking news, a team of police led by SP Thoubal K Radheshyam came in to the area to enquire the incident.

Meanwhile, irate locals have torched the residential house of the rapist who is identified as Tekcham Jasraj, 24 alias Yaima son of T Shyam of Wangjing Tekcham Leikai. He has been arrested by a team of Yairipok Police led by its SDPO Sh Hemanta from Yairipok Bazar today around 10 am.

Residential houses of another two persons involved in the rape and murder of the woman were also burnt down by the locals. The two accused have been identified as Ningthoujam Bisojit, 29 alias Bise son of Late N Tombi of Wangjing Tekcham Leikai and his nephew Robinson, 27 alias Kokngang. He is staying along with his mother at the residence of his grandfather.

There is no news of arrest of the two accused till the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, a Joint Action Committee has been formed in connection with the incident. Subsequently, the JAC has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through Education Minister M Okendro who is the local MLA this night demanding death penalty of the all the accused involved in the rape and murder of Rebika at the earliest.

In the memorandum, the JAC also resolved to not accept the dead body of Rebika till the government produce all the accused involved in the brutal act within 24 hours.

Speaking to media persons, Manitombi, mother of the deceased said that Rebika went out of the house at around 7.30 pm to see Watermelon Festival at Heirok Part II Mikhappi Loukon along with her aunty, Sakmacha and sister-in-law Thasana.

The aggrieved mother narrated that Rebika once told her that she was in a relationship with the main accused Jasraj but did not know that he is already married.

She claimed that Rebika was with Jasraj at the venue of the Watermelon Festival yesterday.

Jasraj works as a mason engaged in the construction of a house belonging to a rice agent identified as Liklai near Heirok CHC while Bisojit is the head mistry of the construction work, she informed.

When Rebika failed to return back home till late at night around 11 pm, everyone in the family thought that she had been eloped with Jasraj. But shockingly, she was found raped and murdered inhumanely next morning, said Manitombi with tears rolling down from her eyes.

Meanwhile, a joint meeting of womenfolk and clubs of Wangjing Tekcham Leikai convened today evening has unanimously resolved to banish the accused involved in the rape and murder of Rebika from the locality.

Meanwhile, an FIR 7 (6) 2015, Heirok PS u/s 302/376 34 IPC has been filed against the accused.

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