Imphal: A 8-year-old boy was among three villagers killed by a suspected hill-based Kuki terrorist group in Manipur which also left one two-year-old baby seriously injured at B Gamnom village under Kangpok district on Tuesday.
Sources said the incident occurred at around 11.30 am when some unknown armed terrorists opened indiscriminate firing against the villagers who were gathered to participate in a funeral programme of two militants who were killed by security forces on Sunday last.
During the incident, apart from the 8-year-old boy, the village chief of M P Khullen and another person were also killed on the spot. A two-year-old baby boy, Master Zoel @Lalmingun, is currently undergoing treatment at JNIMS in serious condition, police sources said.
The deceased persons have been identified as Paolal Kipgen, 51, son of Kamkhotinthang Kipgen, Chief of Npkholen; Jamkholam Khongsai, 68, of Saichang and Lalminthang, 8, son of Seiminthang of B Gamnom.
On Sunday, four terrorists belonging to the Kuki militant group – Kuki National Liberation Army (KNLA) were gunned down in an encounter with security forces at the forest area of Bongmai Khullen under Kangpokpi district.
It’s unclear who actually committed the crime and no militant groups have claimed responsibility so far.
Meanwhile, security forces and state police have started combing operations in the area and sources further informed that a large number of villagers have taken refuge at Nungbram village in Imphal East district.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh strongly condemned the killing of three innocent villagers by militant groups and said that such violence has no place in a democratic society.
The Chief Minister also instructed all concerned officials to immediately provide shelter, food and lodging facilities to those villagers who fled their village after the incident.