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GRIEF-STRICKEN: Family members grieve over the body of Manipur's Inspector-General of Police (Intelligence) T. Thangthuam on Saturday. PHOTO: PTI
GRIEF-STRICKEN: Family members grieve over the body of Manipur's Inspector-General of Police (Intelligence) T. Thangthuam on Saturday. PHOTO: PTI

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Killers escape from Oinam market under cover of fog

IMPHAL: Insurgents shot dead Manipur Inspector-General of Police (Intelligence) T. Thangthuam and his escort commander at the Oinam market in Bishnupur district, about 20 km from here, on Saturday morning.

The police said Mr. Thangthuam and S. Khanjam died on the spot as the insurgents opened fire from automatic weapons.

Three security personnel were injured. The killers escaped under cover of fog.

Trailed for some distance

The IGP had gone home in Churachandpur district on Friday to bring his son and daughter-in-law. On their way back, they reached Oinam around 8.45 a.m.

One truck had trailed the car of the IGP and two escorts for some distance.

At the market, when the insurgents opened fire, the escort personnel retaliated.

The fleeing attackers also fired discriminately at some CRPF trucks, which were passing by. However, there was no casualty.

An additional force rushed to the scene and was conducting combing operations in nearby villages suspected of being hideouts.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi who holds the Home portfolio, said he had instructed the police to nab the insurgents.

PTI reports: Official sources said the insurgents escaped towards the Leimatak hill area, about 40 km from here.

The injured personnel were taken to the Regional Institute of Medical Science Hospital here, where their condition was stated to be out of danger.

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