The deceased village chief was identified as Thangneo Kipgen (58) 

Guwahati: Suspected Kuki militants shot dead the chief of Hengjang Kuki village and his nephew on Wednesday afternoon when the duo was travelling in a private vehicle in Manipur.

The deceased chief was identified as Thangneo Kipgen (58), s/o (L) Letkhai Kipgen and Thangminlun Haokip (26), s/o Thenthang Haokip. They were attacked somewhere in between Keikhao and Hengjang village in Kangpokpi district under Saikul sub-division.

According to a survivor of the incident, there were six assailants and they spoke in Kuki dialect, also, they had AK series rifles and M-16 arms.

Police has registered a case in connection with the incident. The motive behind the killing is yet to be ascertained.

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The incident has caused an uproar in the state with various civil society organisations like Kuki Inpi, Kangpokpi district, etc., have strongly condemning it. Further, it has given a 24-hour ultimatum to the state government to book the culprits, along with a warning that if the same is not done, then wide-scale public agitation will be launched by Kuki Inpi.

In a separate statement, Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) and Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) have also condemned the killing and said such anti-social elements disrupt the law-and-order situation of the state.

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