Tension erupted at Lilong Mairen Khun on Thursday when a team of Thoubal district police along with members of the Lilong Anti-drug Association approached the area to conduct a raid at a suspected house in a drugs related case.
An unknown person who is suspected to be a drug dealer opened fire towards the advancing police party, said a police source.
In the firing one individual identified as Md Shajid, 38, son of Md Ajad Khan of Lilong Mairen Khun died due to the bullet injury he received in the firing from the unknown person, said the police.
Locals at the incident site speaking to the media said, “We condemn such raids taken up at night.” The government should investigate the case at its best level and punish the culprit at the earliest, said the locals.
Following the incident a JAC has been formed. It has reportedly resolved not to claim the body of the deceased until justice is done.
The Imphal-Moreh road was blocked by the police till the filing of this report to prevent any untoward incidents. Heavy deployment of security personnel were seen in the area. Police said the situation has been kept under control.
Meantime a state forensic team had also arrived to carry out necessary procedures of collecting information from the site.
It is reported that the police and the accompanying team reached Usoipokpi Mairelkhul Makha Tathabi Leikai, the place where the drug dealer was supposed to be having his house, the family members of the suspect formed a group that tried to mob the police and accompanying team.
In the fracas that ensued someone from the mob fired causing the dispersal of the crowd in different directions. Later, it was found that one individual had died in the firing incident.
Although it was not known immediately who had fired from the crowd. Police reinforcements had reached the place in the aftermath of the incident and had taken up measures to ensure that no untoward incidents took place at the site.