India: Imphal-Ukhrul road blocked over killing of housewife

27 July 2010

IMPHAL, Jul 27: The irate villagers of Sabungkhok Mayai Leikai called an Imphal-Ukhrul road blockade from early this morning to protest the killing of a housewife in Sabungkhok village Mayai Leikai under Lamlai police station last night around 11 pm by two unidentified gunmen suspected to be UGs in front of her children.

According to a source, 45-year old housewife identified as Nongthombam Indira, wife of N Tomba of Sabungkhok Mayai Leikai was gunned down by two unidentified gunmen suspected to be UGs last night around 11 pm after she was called out by those unidentified gunmen in front of her children. The victim reportedly died after she sustained by two bullet injuries at her right arm and chest last night at her house at Sabungkhok village.

In the meantime, according to Yaima, 12, elder son of the victim last night around 11 pm some unidentified persons came to their house and made them open the front door forcibly.

He further mentioned that as soon as his mother opened the main door two unidentified persons were found standing at their door who enquired whether his father was there. Since his father had gone for an important work, his mother told them that he was not home. Later, one among the youths made a phone call on his mobile and started talking with someone. Thereafter, one among the two youths removed a small arm and shot his mother at close range twice and left the house hurriedly.

The victim was reportedly serving as cook at the Sabungkhok Mamang Leikai LP School and is survived by her husband and four children.

The husband of the victim is an active worker of the state Health and Family Welfare minister Ph Parijat and runs his family by doing some local contract works, the local source added.

The dead body of the victim was picked up from the spot by the Lamlai police last midnight and kept at the JNIMS morgue at Porompat for post mortem.

The local public and family have refused to accept the dead body of the victim and called Imphal-Ukhrul road bandh from this morning causing serious inconvenience to the public and transporters along the road.

The local meirapaibis of Sabungkhok area have expressed strong condemnation of the killing and the public in the area have decided to agitate until justice is done by the concerned authorities.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Parijat and a group of local leaders submitted a memorandum to chief minister O. Ibobi Singh with charter of demands today.

They told the CM that the body of the victim would not be accepted and agitations would be launched if the government failed to book the culprits within two days. The memorandum also urged the government to provide a job to the victim’s kin besides providing ex-gratia and also to strengthen security presence in Lamlai area.

Reports said that the CM gave assurance on three of the demands but not on the demand for booking of the culprit. According to the CM, the compensation and job would be given this year itself.

Originally published online on 27 July 2010 at:

The Imphal Free Press