Families of the three accused arrested by police had been claiming that they were innocent and that one of them was a known drug user and was an inmate of New Life Rehab Center at Imphal when the incident occured on October 12.
The controversy surrounding the case of firing at B Gamnom village on October 12, in which three individuals including a minor were killed, took another interesting turn after it has been alleged that the individual who allegedly provided arms to the three accused, who have been arrested by Manipur police, has been lodged at the Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa, when the incident occured.
On October 12, armed militants fired upon the locals of B Gamnom village who were preparing to bury three Kuki militants killed in an encounter with the Assam Rifles personnel in Kangpokpi district earlier that month. Three individuals, including a minor, were killed and two others were injured.
On October 25, Manipur police had claimed that three accused, including a minor, were arrested in connection with the killing of three innocent individuals at B Gamnom village. According to the police, the three accused were cadres of KNF (N) and the firing was carried out under the command of s/s chairman James Kipgen of Gangpijang village, Kangpokpi District and s/s vice chairman Mangsat Haokip of N Boljang village, Kangpokpi District.
Families of the three accused — Hentinseh Singsit, Seigoulun Singsit and Henminlun Misao — had been alleging that they were innocent and that Hentinseh was a known drug user and was an inmate of New Life Rehab Center at Imphal when the incident occured on October 12.
On Saturday, family members and well wishers staged a sit-in at Motbung, demanding justice for the accused trio.
Speaking to media persons, Henkhokai singsit, guardian of the minor accused, said that Mangsat Haokip, who according to the police purportedly supplied guns to the three accused to carry out the attack has been lodged at the Manipur Central Jail since August 11, 2021.
“How can a man lodged in a jail provide arms to the accused trio,” he asked.
Recently, the High Court of Manipur admitted the letter petition filed by Henkhokai Singsit in connection with the detention of the minor accused.