Kakwa Firing: Bail for six accused rejected
The court directed the investigating officer of the Kakwa firing case to produce the accused before the state medical board and submit a report at the next hearing.
Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West on Saturday rejected the bail prayer of six accused in connection with the Kakwa firing incident of February 28, leading to the death of a minor boy and injury of seven others.
The accused persons, namely Longjam Achou Singh, 76, son of (L) L Iboton of Kakwa Huidrom Leikai; Longjam Rajesh Kumar, 45, son of L Achou of Kakwa Huidrom Leikai; Longjam Chitaranjan Singh, 40, son of L Langkeshwar of Kakwa Huidrom Leikai; Longjam Langkeshwar alias Pikto Singh, 73, son of (L) L Ibotonsingh of Kakwa Huidrom Leikai; Longjam Niranjan, 38, son of L Langkeshwar of Kakwa Huidrom Leikai and Longjam Manoranjan, 35, son of L Langkeshwar of Kakwa Huidrom Leikai were arrested in connection with the FIR lodged at Singjamei police station following the incident. The FIR was filed under section 307/506/326 IPC and 25 (1-C) A.
On Saturday, the court heard the submission from additional public prosecutors and counsels of the accused. The court stated that it has considered the nature of the offence and the impact given towards society due to the act of directly opening fire towards a crowd without even giving a chance for the mob to disperse by shooting a blank fire, and therefore, the prayer for releasing the accused persons on bail was rejected.
The court, however, observed that accused Longjam Langkeshwor’s condition is different from the rest as he was ill and medically examined at RIMS hospital and JNIMS hospital on a few occasions. The medical report from MCJ Sajiwa was submitted and as per the report, the accused person’s ailment was seemingly serious in nature, the court stated.
The additional public prosecutor strongly objected to the release of the accused on bail, citing that there is a strong possibility of public hue and cry which ultimately would lead to the commission of the more serious offence. The additional public prosecutor assured of giving utmost care and services to be provided in judicial custody.
The court after hearing the submission of the additional public prosecutor, directed the investigating officer of the case or jail authority to extend all possible medical care and services to the accused by lodging him into a security ward of JNIMS hospital.
Further, the court directed the investigating officer of the case to produce the accused before the state medical board and submit a report at the next hearing.