The self-styled ‘home secretary’ of militant outfit Kuki Liberation Army (KLA) and his two year-old daughter were allegedly shot dead by unidentified gunmen in interior Senapati district of Manipur while his driver sustained injuries, police said on Sunday.

Three well-armed militants stopped Seikhohao Khongsaid alias Marvin’s vehicle at Pukhao Ahallup Chingya under Saikul sub-division, about 35 kms north east of Imphal, when he was returning from Churachandpur district, along with family members to his house at Saikul area on Saturday, police said.

The militants dragged Marvin to the corner of a hill and shot him dead from point blank range, they said, adding that his daughter Zoukim Kuki, who received fatal wounds, succumbed to injuries at a hospital on Sunday.

A five year-old boy, Haominglung and the driver Aleng Khongsaid (24) were also injured when the militants fired at the vehicle, police said, adding that Marvin’s wife, Mansonel (27) however, escaped unhurt.

KLA is engaged in the process of holding peace talks with the government and its cadres were sometimes allowed free movement, they said, adding that a rival faction appeared to be behind the incident.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the crime.

Over six militant outfits are engaged in the process of negotiating peace with the government. KLA, an armed wing of Kuki National Organisation is one of them, sources said.