Killing of migrant workers
State put on high alert

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 26: The security arrangement in the State with special emphasis in the valley districts has been tightened in the aftermath of unidentified gunmen slaying four migrant workers at different locations on June 24 afternoon and recovery of the body of another non-local yesterday morning at a Thoubal district location.

The security measures are being taken up after gunmen struck at the foothills of Natumching in Imphal east and at Heinoubok of Imphal West within a span of two hours.

Two non-local labourers had also suffered injuries on the thigh in the Heinoubok shooting.

To discuss the renewed spate of violence perpetrated against migrant workers chief minister O Ibobi Singh reportedly presided a meeting on June 24 which was attended by the chief secretary Jarnail Singh, director general of police Y Joykumar Singh and superintendents of police of Imphal West and East districts.

According to informed sources, the SPs were advised to stay on high alert so as to ensure such unwanted violent incidents do not recur.

In response, police authorities have enhanced mobile duties in and around such places where migrant workers are predominantly settled, said a senior police officer.

On the other hand, SP (Thoubal) Clay Khongsai said the police have shifted around 40 migrant workers from isolated area to a safer site near the district headquarters. "Besides beefing up security measures we have also enhanced frisking at various strategic areas," the SP said.

In March this year, at least 15 migrant workers were slain in a series of attacks at the four valley districts prompting the State authorities to clamp night curfew as pre-emptive measure from disruptive elements.

Meanwhile, body of the non local was found at the banks of Pallel river in Thoubal district on yesterday around 7 am.

Police suspect that the individual might have been fatally wounded after stumbling on a rock in an inebriated condition.

Body fished out: The body of a man floating down Imphal river was fished out from near Singjamei Kshetri Leikai Thiyam Leirak at around 10.30 am today.

Police have picked up the body and kept at the mortuary of RIMS Hospital for identification.

According to police, except for a vest, the body was not wearing anything and there was no sign of any beating mark on it.

However, there is a tattoo of the words M Amu S Kanto on the lower right chin.

Aged woman dies in mishap:One Khwairakpam Lakhsmi Devi (80) of Thanga Khwairakpam Leikai succumbed to injuries at RIMS Hospital where she was rushed following an accident at near her locality this afternoon.

The elderly woman suffered injuries at the head and chest portions after the passenger Jeep she was riding on met with an accident.

The vehicle plies in between Thanga Salam and Moirang Bazar.