Imphal, Jan 4: Unidentified person shot dead a person identified as Loukrakpam Sananingthem Singh age 37 years, son of L. Inaobi of Lamshang Makha leikai at Lamsang Khunou area under Lamsang police station at around 11 am today. The person is alleged to have been involved in the raping of a married lady at around 8 pm of April 26, 2015. Proscribed group United National Liberation Front (UNLF) claimed responsibility of the shooting.
The deceased Loukrakpam Sananingthem Singh runs a bamboo business at Lamsang area. The dead body was found lying inside his vehicle, which he use to ferry bamboo. A police team who rushed the spot found the dead body lying. 6 empty cases of bullets were recovered near the dead body.
The deceased Loukrakpam Sananingthem was arrested in connection with the rape case and was detained in police custody till May 4 of 2015. But he was released on bail after some days.
This is the first strike to rapist by proscribed group UNLF in 2018. The group had already warned capital punishment to all those involved in rape crime and had even awarded capital punishment to its own members.
In 2008, February middle week, the rebel group claimed killing of two of its former members for indulging in rape crime. Salam Biren alias Mangal and Heikrujam Mono were killed at Khordak in Bishenpur district on February 13, 2008 on charge of rape case.
Last year, the rebel group had claimed responsibility for shooting of one Irom Bobo, who was accused of raping a 12 years old minor girl. The shooting took place on July 29 of 2017. On August 8, 2017, another rape accused identified as Sandam Bhogen (42) son of Sandam Bheiga of Sairem Khul, Imphal West was shot at around 2 pm at Tera Khamnam Leirak along Sagolband road while he was returning after appearing at POCSO court. Bhogen was the accused in a minor rape case which occurred on December 3, 2013 at Sairem Khul Mayai Leikai.