Man beheaded by neighbour over land dispute in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 6 | Publish Date: 8/6/2019 1:00:57 PM IST

A 37-year-old man was beheaded by his neighbour over a land dispute in Manipur’s Bishnupur district on Tuesday, following which a mob torched his and his two brothers houses.

The incident was reported from Setapur village under Kumbi police station of Bishnupur district  around 11.30 am on Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as  43-year-old man Khagembam Achou Singh (43) son of Kh Ningthoulemba of Setapur village,  while the killer  was identified as Nongmaithem Surjit Singh (37) son of N Chingkhu.
The killer is originally from Cachar district of Assam who settled at the village along with his two sibling brothers after buying a piece land at neighbourhood of the deceased few years back.
The killer (Surjit) who ran away after committing the heinous crime is still at large. Kumbi police who immediately launched a manhunt operation have alerted police across the state, reports said.
Local reports said that there was land dispute between the two neighbours in which killer (Surjit) was accused of encroaching some portion land of the deceased . There were instances of quarrel between the two in the past too.
On Tuesday morning, a fresh quarrel broke out between the two. No sooner had the villagers calmed them, Surjit allegedly took out a spade and chased the deceased Achou and hit him on his face.
While Achou was lying on the ground in a pool of blood, Surjit chopped him on the neck and fled from the spot on seeing villagers who rushed on seeing the incident.
When news of murder of Achou spread across the village, villagers rushed to the spot and chased the killer (Surjit) who vanished with no direction.
When he was not found, the villagers rushed to his house and vandalised his house. They further attacked the houses of his two brothers and torched them.
Fire fighters from nearest fire station who rushed to the spot could not reach the spot immediately as the mob blocked them on the way.
Police who rushed to the spot dispersed the mob after a brief struggle making the fire fighters swung into action to douse the inferno and save the houses from being totally razed. 
However, almost all the belongings of the three houses were reduced to ashes, rendering the family members homeless left with only the clothes they were wearing. Police have reportedly shifted the members of the three houses including members of the killer Surjit to a safer place.
As tensions ran high and  villagers were likely to attack again, additional police force from Bishnupur district police headquarters called out and detailed to the village, police said.

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