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Manipur Student Consigned To Flames

Irom Roger. Image Credit: Deccan Herald.

IMPHAL, Mar 23: The last rites of Irom Roger Singh, who was allegedly gunned down by a group of five youths that included Manipur sports minister N Biren Singh’s son N Ajay Meetei, were performed on Tuesday.

As a preventive measure, the district magistrate (Imphal East) has issued indefinite prohibitory orders under CrPC in the district.

The minister’s son and his four accomplices, who had surrendered to police on Sunday, have been remanded in police custody by a local court for six days.

Roger (21), a student of a Bangalore-based institute, was driving a car in the Ghari area when five youths, including Biren’s son N Ajay Meetei, who were in a jeep, overtook Roger’s car and fired at him. Irom Loken Singh, Roger’s father, said his son was gunned down from a close range by Ajay, who was on the front seat of the jeep.

“My son had no enmity with Ajay. The incident probably took place because none of the vehicles were ready to make way for the other,” said Loken, a resident of the Wangkhei area in Imphal West.

The joint action committee (JAC) formed against the killing of Roger by the irate residents of Wangkhei on Tuesday afternoon took Roger’s body from the mortuary of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) and consigned it to flames. A Boby Singh, the convener of the JAC, said the body was taken after chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh complied with the demands raised by them.

“The accused have been arrested by police,” said Boby. “The chief minister assured us that his government will take stringent action if any minor is found possessing a gun,” the JAC leader said.

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(Courtesy: TNN)

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