Friday, January 27, 2023

Woman dies of bullet injury amid World Cup celebration in Manipur

Correspondent

Amid FIFA world cup celebration, an elderly woman enjoying the final match died after being hit by a stray bullet on Sunday night.
Police as well as family members suspected the bullet was fired while celebrating the victory of Argentina outside the house.
The police investigating into the incident after registering a case, picked up a local man identified as Khangenmben Devkanta as suspect. The 50-year-old deceased woman was identified as Salam Ibetombi Devi, wife of S Biramani Singh of Singjmei Wangma Bheigyabati Leikai under Porompat police station of Imphal East district.
As told by the family members, Ibetombi fainted all of a sudden soon after they heard sounds of gun firing when Argentina won the match. Without knowing that she was hit by a bullet, family members rushed her to a private hospital in Imphal’s Palace Compound where she was declared brought dead.
“We came to know she fainted after being hit by a bullet after reaching the hospital. She had a bullet hit mark on the left side of her back,” Biramani, the husband of the victim said.
When inspected, the family members found two bullet hit marks on the galvanized iron sheet wall of the house. Police who visited the house today morning called out forensic experts and conducted a spot enquiry after registering a case.
The police also transferred the dead body of the woman to JNIMS morgue for necessary post-mortem examination. However, the same was yet to be performed as per wishes of the family members.
Her family members, backed by the locals, decided not to accept the dead body for performing the last rites while pressing the police to book the culprit(s) immediately.
The locals formed a Joint Action Committee (JAC), in a meeting held on December 19 and resolved not to take back the body for last rites until and unless the culprit(s) was/were booked.
The locals under the aegis of the newly formed JAC also staged a sit-in-protest at the locality, demanding immediate booking of the culprit(s).
The public meeting, while resolving to press the police to book the culprit(s) at the earliest, decided to submit a memorandum to the state government.

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