Prominent Kuki leader of Manipur killed

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) A suspected Kuki leader of a banned organisation in Manipur was allegedly killed by unidentified assailants in the early hours today in Sriniwaspuri area of south Delhi.

Khuplam Hangshing (35), Commander of the banned Kuki Revolutionary Army of Manipur, was allegedly shot at several times at about 1230 hrs by 'several men' who barged into the third floor residence of his brother David in Sriniwaspuri Sunlight Colony in Hari Nagar Ashram area, according to sources.

The police, on the other hand, while refusing to confirm Hangshing's credentials said, ''the person had been hammered to death as per the post-mortem report.'' A senior police official said interrogation of several people was on, including those present during the attack, as part of investigation.

''The credentials of the deceased was also part of the investigation,'' he said.

Hangshing, who was staying with his brother David in Delhi for the last 20 days, was watching television along with him and three others when the attack was made.

The attackers tied the hands of the rest except Hangshing, who was taken to the next room and killed.

He was soon rushed to AIIMS by David, towed by the PCR personnel, who were informed by his second floor neighbour Deepak, where he was declared brought dead.

Deepak came into the picture after he was woken by David to untie his hands. He instead, fearing something fishy, reported the matter to the PCR van.

Meanwhile, sources said Hangshing was the Commander of the banned Kuki Revolutionary Army of Manipur and was shot four times in the head with a silencer-fitted revolver.

None of the neighbours reported of any cries being heard which demolishes the police claim of 'hammered to death' theory. They said the third floor residents never interacted with them and would hardly be seen during daytime.

They would, including girls, mostly come in droves at night and leave by early morning, the neighbours added. ''Moreover, there was communication problem,'' said Deepak, his immediate neighbour.

A friend of David, speaking on condition of anonimity, said David was a member of the student wing of a Kuki organisation. He, however, did not name the organisation.

All through the day several of his supporters, all Manipur residents, thronged at AIIMS where a post mortem of the suspected leader was conducted.

UNI

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