Imphal: A 22-year-old youth was shot to death by a 56-year-old deputy manager of a bank at Imphal West in Manipur after a heated argument stemming from an apparent case of road rage on Tuesday night.
The victim, who has been identified as Salam Prashanta, hailed from the Changangei Uchekon area and was accompanied by his friends traveling in two separate cars to attend a music concert at Sekmai. When the youngsters reached the Naoremthong bridge around 10.20 pm on Tuesday, Prashanta got into an argument with the accused, Chabungbam Budhachandra, about overtaking each other’s vehicle.
Umakanta, a friend of the victim and a key eyewitness, said, “As Prashanta took the bridge to reach home, a Hyundai i20 car turned towards them without signalling and this led to an argument between the two. As the argument escalated, Budhachandra sped ahead of the two cars, stopped his car, stepped out and pointed his gun at Prashanta. After shooting him dead, he fled the spot.”
Umakanta, along with his friends, rushed Prashanta to the Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), where the doctors declared him brought dead.
Reaching the spot soon after, the police arrested the accused and seized his .32 pistol, which was a licensed one, along with his car.
Decrying the incident, residents of Changangei Uchekon area got together and formed a People's Action Committee, staging a blockade at the Tiddim road on Wednesday. The blockade was held for two hours, from 8 am to 10 am. It was called off after local legislators, including MLA, Soibam Subhachandra, reached the spot and met the victim’s family, while assuring them of taking necessary action.
Meanwhile, Sarat Khuman, president of the Uchekon Youth Volunteer Organisation, condemned the incident and said, “The government should cancel all the gun licences issued in the state to avoid such incidents in the future.”