The Imphal Free Press
IMPHAL, Manipur, Feb 2: A police personnel detailed as personal security officer, PSO to the state PWD minister Govindas Konthoujam was shot dead by the escort commander of the minister last night. The shooting incident occurred at the residence of the minister at Ningthoukhong Bazar.
The family of the deceased is yet to receive the dead body demanding appropriate punishment to the alleged killer. Police have deposited the dead body at RIMS morgue after post mortem.
The minister is contesting as Congress candidate from 26-Bishnupur A/C and was reportedly not at home at the time of the incident. He was at his official quarters at Babupara.
Police arrested the alleged shooter Yanglem Bipin alias Wangba, son of Y Shinghajit Singh of Heirangoithong Yanglem Leirak and he is now in the custody of the Bishnupur police. He was a former PLA cadre who surrendered and joined Manipur Rifles and was currently posted at 1st MR and deployed as escort commander to Govindas. Police also registered a case against him.
Reports said that the escort commander shot at the police constable Romen Longjam, 25, son of L Ibomcha of Samurou Makha Leikai, attached at CID and detailed as PSO to the minister, at around 10 pm. The reason behind the shooting is yet to be clearly known.
Romen received only one bullet at the abdomen and there was also a exit mark at his back side. He succumbed to injury at RIMS hospital where he was brought after getting first aid at Bishnupur district hospital.