Guwahati: In a shocking incident, four people including an 8-year-old were killed after suspected militants opened fire on a group of people attending a condolence service at the B Gamnom village in the Kangpoi district of Manipur on Tuesday.
Two more were injured including a 2-year-old during the incident. Reportedly, the villagers gathered on Tuesday afternoon at the village ground for the condolence meeting of four deceased cadres of Kuki National Liberation Army (KNLA).
On Sunday, the four cadres of KNLA were slain by security forces in Hingojang, near B Gamnom village. During the meeting, the suspected militants fired upon the people gathered.
In the firing, two villagers, including the village chief of MP Khullen, died on the spot. Later, police also recovered two more bodies in the vicinity of the village with bullet injuries. A two-year-old boy was among the injured.
The deceased were identified as Paolal Kipgen (45) son of Kamkhothang Kipgen MP Khullen, Yamkholam Khongsai (58) son of (L) Langthang Khongsai of B Gamnom, Lalminthang Kipgen (8) son of Thangneo Kipgen of B Gamnom.
The identity of the fourth victim who was recovered from Bongbal Khullen is yet to be ascertained. Paolal is the village of chief of MP Khullen.
The injured have been identified as Lunjamang Kipgen, 17, son of Hemlal Kipgen and Lalmingun Kipgen, 2, son of Lunminthang of B Gamnom.
Meanwhile, the Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has vehemently condemned the Gamnom village firing and killing.
“My government cannot tolerate such an act of challenging the life of the peace-loving people of the state. Violence has no place in democracy. I condemn the excessive action of the terrorist in the strongest terms,” the CM said while assuring that the government would protect every villager who has fled from there due to the incident.