Imphal: A four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been set up by Manipur government to probe the recent Samurou incident in which two persons associated with the BJP were killed by unknown assailants under Wangoi Police Station in Imphal West district.

The team headed by additional SP (OPs) of Imphal West M Amit Singh has been advised to submit the progress of the investigation on daily basis to district SP Shivakanta Singh.

The team members include SDPO Mayang Imphal Kh Farook Ali as investigating officer of the case, and S Nabajiban Ningthouja, officer-in-charge, and sub-inspector P Bishorjit Singh of Wangoi police station will assist the IO.

The case, which was being investigated by Wangoi police station, will now be handed over to the team.

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According to media reports, Abujam John (58) and Abujam Tomba (37), associates of Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi Singh, were killed by unidentified persons on Sunday night.

Locals alleged that the killings were done with a political motive as one of the deceased was an aide of the agriculture minister.

Chief minister N Biren Singh has also strongly condemned the incident and assured to bring justice to victims’ families.

The incident is clearly an open attack on BJP workers and an attempt to intimidate the public by use of force, said CM Biren Singh while interacting to the media during his visit to victims’ families on Monday.

A case was registered against unidentified persons under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 25 (1C) in Arms Act at Wangoi Police Station. The police also added section 302 (murder) to the case.

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