The Chairman of the Kuki Revolutionary Army, the armed winged of the banned insurgent group the Kuki National Organisation, Paokhothang alias Thangboi Chongloi was shot dead by unknown assailants yesterday morning. The KNO and KRA have been under a Suspension of Operation agreement with the Indian Government. The 38-year-old Chongloi hailed from Khengjang village and was shot down near the Khengjang cemetery under the Gamnom Sapormeina police station yesterday at 7.30 in the morning.
According to police sources, after learning that an acquaintance in a neighbouring village had died the previous night, Chongloi had visited the family of the deceased. On his way back home, he was shot down near his village cemetery. Hearing gunshots villagers reached the spot and rushed him to a hospital, but he died on the way. His body has been taken to the morgue of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal for a postmortem.
Meanwhile, the bullet ridden body of 36-year-old Kamminlal Chongloi was recovered from near Koubru Leikha yesterday afternoon. He hailed from K Lhangnom village and was also from Sapormeina village. According to the deceased’s wife, three unknown persons came in an autorickshaw the day before and took Kamminlal Chongloi saying that their leader wanted to meet him. When Kamminlal did not return till late at night the family sent out a search team. At 11 am yesterday, the family received a phone call telling them that his body had been abandoned near Koubru Leikha near national highway 2.
Kamminlal was also suspected to be a cadre member of the Kuki Revolutionary army and may have been on his way to meet Thangboi Chonloi. The police are investigating connections between the two incidents.