Thoubal, July 15,
Following the arrest of a prime suspect involved in the stealing of coffin along with dead body of D.Thamnok Lamkang, who is the founder and Ex-chief of Challong Village from the Cemetery of the village Lamkang Chiefs Association (LCA) Chandel has suspended the indefinite band at Imphal-Moreh route along the National Highway -102, however the Association said that they will continue to stage protest. D.Thamnok Lamkang passed away on May 18.
Talking to reporters at Tengnoupal Police Station, SP Th. Vikramjit said that after receiving a complaint about the stealing of the coffin and dead body of late D.Thamnok Lamkang from the cemetery by the deceased wife Sk.Shomlun on June 19, Tengnoupal district police has been investigating over the matter after registering a case.
“In the course of investigation the police team mange to arrest a prime accuse who was directly involved in the case yesterday”, Vikramjit said and added that on preliminary interrogation the police are hopeful that the dead body will be recovered soon.
Search operation is being carried out at places where the dead body could have been hidden, Vikramjit said.
The Tengnoupal district SP appealed the Lamkang Chief Association (LCA) to lift the indefinite bandh as the police are close to find the missing dead body after the arrest of the main accused.
After meeting the SP Tengnoupal, Chief Spokesperson of the LCA Peter Lamkang said that as per request of the SP and the district administration and to enable the police team to go ahead with their investigation the LCA decided to relax the indefinite bandh. He however said that until the dead body the Ex-chief of Challong Village is recovered the Association will continue to stage protest by way of sit-in demonstration on the road sides. He also cautioned the police of resuming the indefinite blockade if the dead body has not been recovered.
It may be mentioned that D.Thamnok Lamkang passed away on Many 18 this year at Riverlane Village in Chandel district. He was 90. He has been working among the Lamkang Anal community for over 40 years. His last rite was performed in May 20 evening at Challong Village Cemetery.
On June 15, when the wife of late D.Thamnok Lamkang went to the cemetery to pay homage to her husband the graveyard was found dug and the coffin which the dead body was put was also found missing. Sk Shomlun informed about the incident to the Village Authority and after a search in and around the place Sk Shomlun reported the matter to Tengnoupal district Police on June 19 and an FIR has been registered.
Demanding arrest of the culprits involved in the stealing of the coffin along with the dead body various CSOs had called indefinite bandh at Imphal Moreh Road and Pallel Chandel road on June 26 but was called off after authority assured to fulfill their demand.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]