Even as the uproar over the killing of a youth in an alleged fake encounter in July is yet to subside, another case of a "similar" encounter in Manipur has surfaced.
Rickshaw driver Md Rehaman alias Tomba and five others, whom police claimed were militants, were killed in an alleged fake encounter on Tuesday.
A 24-hour general strike beginning midnight on Friday has been called by the All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers' Pullers Association to protest the killing of the driver.
Official sources said six persons were killed in the encounter with police commandos and personnel of 12 Maratha Light Infantry at Awang Khunou in Imphal West district on Tuesday night.
In a memorandum to Governor Gurbachan Jagat yesterday, the Association claimed that Rehaman operated his vehicle from Imphal to the border town of Moreh in Chandel district bordering Myanmar.
It demanded action against the security men involved in the killing.
The families of three other victims of the incident also claimed that those killed were "innocent civilians".