Monday, August 8, 2022

Village chief killing not relatedto banning poppy cultivation: Biren

Responding to queries from the reporters, chief minister N Biren Singh said that as per intelligence report, the killing of the chief of Naphai village of Saikul subdivision of Kangpokpi district was not related to his ban on poppy cultivation in his area of control.
Zilhem Khongsai (57), chief of Naphai village of Saikul subdivision of Kangpokpi district was shot dead by armed miscreants after being called out from his house on Monday night.
Family of the deceased suspect the killing was related to a notification issued by the chief prohibiting poppy cultivation practice in areas under his control.
The chief minister termed the killing of the chief as an act of cowardly people and assured that the government will not spare those involved in the killing.
He said that police were putting in their effort to nab the culprits and investigation was on full swing to establish the motive behind the murder.
The killing might not have any link with banning poppy cultivation as an intelligence report suggested that the killing might have been related with some personal enmity, he said.
However, family members and villagers suspected the killing was related to a notification issued by the chief prohibiting poppy cultivation practice in the village area.
On the other hand, the mortal remains of the village chief is currently at RIMS morgue. After a post-mortem was conducted, the family members have refused to take back the body for last rites. The family members and villagers are demanding booking of the culprits within two days.
As stated by the wife of the deceased village chief, her husband had no personal enmity with anyone.
She suspect the killing was related to a recent notification issued by him (village chief) prohibiting poppy cultivation in his village area in support of the state government’s war on drugs mission.

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