The incident occurred at S-Golai near Changoubung turning when the cadres stopped the truck for monetary demands and fired 20-30 rounds which injured the victim in his abdomen.
The cadres fled the crime scene after puncturing the tyres, destroying the windshield and pumping four bullets into the driver. Soon after the incident, the 35 Assam Rifles Hengbung post immediately rushed to the spot and recovered the driver before providing crucial first aid.
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Based on the incident, a police FIR under U/S 400/307/338/427 IPC & 25 (I-C) Act has been lodged at Kangpokpi police station for further investigation. The police recovered more than 25 empty cases of cartridges from the spot today morning.
Meanwhile, the Gorkha Samaj, Senapati has strongly condemned the incident wherein innocent truck driver are targeted by armed cadres for extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
Such incidents of shooting, killing, harassing, kidnapping of drivers and transporters are common along the lifeline of the State. Strongly demanding justice to the victim and keeping NH-2 safe from all such unwanted incidents, the Gorkha Samaj has warned that it will be compelled to launch agitation if those responsible do not come out with clarification within three days deadline.
The Gorkha Samaj, Senapati has also expressed its gratitude to the 35 AR led by Major Gulati, company commander for timely intervention and saving the driver’s lives. Such yeomen service of the 35 AR is acknowledged in truest term and appreciated the noble deeds, it said.
The All Manipur Gorkha Students’(AMGSU) Union has also vehemently condemned the incident and termed the act as ‘notorious’ and unacceptable in society.
The union also urged all to shun anti-social activities in the future.
Gorkha Union Sadar Hills (GUSH) has vehemently condemned the attacked on a truck driver. GUSH general secretary Milan Pradhan condemning the incident said innocent truck drivers are frequently targeted by armed cadres for extortion and kidnapping for ransom along the Imphal-Dimapur road. The union has urged the armed group involved in the attack to stop harassing, killing and abducting drivers along the highway.