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Militant leader shot dead in Moreh, CSOs observe total shutdown

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 13 | Publish Date: 7/13/2019 11:20:05 AM IST
Unidentified miscreants on Saturday gunned down an individual said to be a functionary of an armed outfit in Manipur border town Moreh.
While denouncing the “brutal killing”, civil society organisations based in the border town observed a 24-hour total shutdown which began from 5pm on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as John Gangte, son of Kailun Gangte of Lonpi village of Chandel district, presently residing the border town (Moreh).
Locals said that he was the Moreh town commander of the United Kuki Liberation Army (UKLA), the armed wing of United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF). The police is however  yet to confirm it.
The  incident took place near Ngamkhai Veng (Moreh ward no. 8) in the afternoon, around 12.20 am when the deceased was moving on a TVS brand two-wheeler in the area.
The armed miscreants shot several rounds of gunshots at Gangte and left the place hurriedly.
Locals and passers-by immediately rushed him to the Moreh hospital where he succumbed to bullet injuries after a brief struggle at the hospital.Police said the deceased was hit by at least eight bullets. They further said that a 9mm pistol loaded with some live round was also found in the possession of the deceased.
Police who investigated the incident recovered 10 empty cases from the spot where the deceased was shot. 
The shooting incident has triggered a protest in the border town where some CSOs based in the border town have imposed a 24-hour total shutdown which commenced at 5pm on Saturday.
The shutdown call was given jointly by Hill Tribal Council (HTC), Kuki Women Union & Human Rights (KWU&HR), Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) Moreh branch and Moreh Youth Club (MYC) to strongly condem the “brutal killing” of John Gangte.
The CSOs, in a statement announcing  the total shutdown, demanded that “the perpetrators of the murder admit to the crime with reason(s) within 24-hour and never to repeat such crime in future.”
They further demanded  that the government take up befitting action to book the culprit(s) immediately.
Asserting that the shooting incident took place at a spot frequently used by passers-, the CSOs alleged that it indicated the evil intention of the individual or group responsible.
The CSOs expressed their abhorrence to such anti-social elements that are keen to disturb the peaceful co-existence in Moreh and its surrounding areas.
Meanwhile, police have stepped up security measure in the border town considering the tension brewing among the public in the aftermath of the shooting incident coupled with the total shutdown imposed by CSOs.

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