Three tribal militants, who came to kill a school principal at his residence here on Sunday, shot at his wife and son, injuring them. One of the gunmen was nabbed by the local residents and handed over to the police.
The tribal youths came to the residence of P. Songlenlan, founder principal of St. Peter's English School at Langol Games village here and demanded to speak to him. Sensing trouble, his son, Leo Khonsam, said that his father had gone out. The youths then entered the drawing room and, as they were talking, one of them whipped out a hand gun and shot at the mother and son. The mother was hit on the left hand and the son on the left shoulder and neck.
On hearing the noise, local residents rushed out, chased the fleeing youths and nabbed one of them. A .38 revolver with five live rounds was recovered from him. He was identified as Tungdin of Thanzou village in Churachandpur district. Police say he is an insurgent attached to the Zomi Revolutionary Army, which is a signatory to the suspension of operations with the Union government. According to the ground rules, the signatories cannot handle weapons or resort to insurgency-related violence.
The Principal unsuccessfully contested the Assembly elections from the Churachandpur constituency in January 2012.