Yaoshang celebrated, three killed in shooting/mishaps

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 7th Mar: The valley areas of the state celebrated Yaoshang festival with tradition fervour and sports activities for five days. Amid the festivities, at least three persons were killed in different incidents. Clubs in every locality organised sports events for the whole five days bringing together the young and old to take part in various events. Apart from sports events, people were seen enjoying festivities related with Yaoshang festival including Thabal Chongba. The first and second day of the festival witnessed people from different localities coming to get the sacred fire from Kangla to mark inauguration of sports meets.

While the sports events paved way for new sporting talents, some sections of the public expressed resentment over the inclusion of various entertainment based activities in the sports meet, which could demoralise the society and its future generations. Khwairamband Keithel and other major markets of the state, especially in the valley areas, wore a deserted look during the festival period. Normal traffic and passenger services were also drastically reduced.

On the other hand, at least three persons were killed in different incidents. One Thokchom Toni alia Jagat (21) son of Thokchom Suresh of Nagamapal Phougeisangbam Leikai was shot dead in front of his gate by an unidentified armed person. Toni was on his way home after participating in a Thabal Chongba programme on March 3 at about 1.50 am when the incident took place.

The unidentified person, who came in a red car, shot Toni with a double barrel gun over a petty issue of Toni and his friends overtaking the car on their way home. The incident was recorded in CCTV camera installed in nearby buildings and police are on the hunt of the shooter. Meanwhile, Toni’s body is lying at RIMS mortuary with family members demanding arrest of the shooter.

In another incident, a woman sweeper of MAHUD department, identified as Toijam Tampha (41) wife of Sanathoi of Kyamgei Khoirom Leikai was killed in a hit and run incident involving a black Honda City car bearing registration number MN02A 9308. Tampha died on the spot after she was hit by the car while she was sweeping the road near Singjamei Keithel traffic point on March 5 at about 5.15 am.

The incident resulted in a brief blockade of the highway by local people.

However, the tension was diffused after intervention by MAHUD minister Shyamkumar and Keirao MLA Rameshwar. Singjamei police registered a suo moto case. Later in the evening, the car and the person who was driving it were apprehended from Churachandpur.

A 23-year old youth, identified as Moirangthem Nganba, son of Manichand of Kwakta Ward No 9 but staying at Kangvai, was found dead in a river at Phoubakchao Ikhai Maning Leikai under Moirang police station on Tuesday. His body has been kept at RIMS mortuary for post mortem examination.

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