Court cancels Lungnila murderer's bail
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 18 2008: The Sessions Judge, Manipur east yesterday cancelled bail granted earlier to one Kh Ibomcha Meitei, an accused in the kidnapping and murder of school girl Lungnila Elizabeth.

Lungnila Elizabeth, then 12 years old and daughter of then education minister Francis Ngajokpa, was kidnapped for ransom from near her Little Flower School on November 4, 2003 and her body recovered some eight days in ahighly decomposed state.

The brutal murder sparked public uproar and protracted agitation demanding fitting punishment to the culprits.

As demanded by the public, the state government handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the sensational case. Case dossiers said Ibomcha was a school van driver carrying the victim along with her sister but he had sold his vehicle before the incident took place.

He was arrested on November 13, 2003, a day after Lungnila's body was recovered.

As prayed by the accused, the chief judicial magistrate, Imphal granted him bail on November 28 of the same year.

By that the case was yet to be handed over the Central investigation agency.

CBI lawyer H Chandrajit Sharma prayed before the court to cancel the bail granted to Ibomcha saying that he was not giving cooperation with the investigating agency.

Having heard both parties, Sessions Judge cancelled the bail and asked Ibomcha to appear before the Investigation Officer of CBI on Wednesday.

Thereafter, it will be opened to the Investigation Officer of the case to take custody of the accused and to proceed according to law, the court said.

The court also ordered to send a copy of this order to CJM, Imphal and the Special Public Prosecutor of CBI for information and necessary action.

Ibomcha has also been informed to surrender before these authorities.

In connection with this case, the police had already pulled up many persons.

while some of them are on bail, others including James Kuki and N Rome are being remanded to judicial custody.