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Leads Found In Chairman Killing

IMPHAL, Jan 12: Police claimed to have obtained clues to the identity of the killers who attacked the chairman of the Board of Secondary Education, Manipur, inside his office in the high-security Babupara area here yesterday.

Naorem Kunjabihari Singh, 60, a resident of Kakwa Naorem Leikai in Imphal West, was found slumped over a table in his office ‘” near the police headquarters ‘” by some board employees around 3.30pm yesterday.

The police said the board employees thought Kunjabihari had suffered a heart attack and rushed him to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences where he was declared brought dead.

Doctors found an injury mark with only a little blood clot on the right side of his chest. The police later confirmed that the official was shot from close range.

‘We made a spot investigation and found a spent cartridge of a 9mm pistol. The investigation is in full swing and we have clues to the identity of the attackers,’ additional superintendent of police, Imphal West, A.K. Jhaljit, told this correspondent.

The additional SP said a senior police officer was investigating the case and the probe was making progress. He, however, did not divulge the details.

Yesterday, it was speculated that the assailants could have used a pen gun to attack the official because there was not much blood, but the police ruled this out today.

Jhaljit said police teams had interrogated the board employees who were present in the office at the time of the attack. No one, however, has been arrested.

The police believe the employees present at the time of the incident could be aware of the attack and also movements of the attackers.

‘It is too early to say what could be the motive of the crime. The investigation is making good progress,’ Jhaljit said.

The scene of the crime was very close to the police headquarters. The two offices are separated by the office of the accountant general.

Residents of Kakwa Naorem Leikai blocked the Kakwa Naorem Leikai sector of National Highway 39 this morning in protest against the attack.

They also formed a joint action committee and listed a charter of demands, including a CBI inquiry into the killing, ex gratia payment and a suitable job to one of the family members of the official.

It submitted the list to chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh this afternoon and set January 14 as the deadline for conceding to the demands.

Kunjabihari Singh’s relatives are yet to claim the body.

Okram Joy Singh, the local MLA representing the Opposition Manipur People’s Party, blamed security lapses for the murder.

(Courtesy: Telegraph India)

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