Manipur was rocked by two alleged fake encounter deaths on July 23. On Thursday night, Assam Rifles claimed to have shot three militants. By Friday, wife of one of the suspected militant claimed that her husband had been killed in a fake encounter.
Soldiers of 28 Assam Rifles claimed to have shot 38-year-old R.K. Brajamani alias Bijili along with two others in an operation in Thoubal district around 11.15 pm on Thursday.
Speaking to the media, Brajamani’s wife Chaoba said her husband was whisked away by some unknown men (said to be security personnel on plain clothes) on 7 October.
“My husband’s guilt, if any, could have been probed. If this trend continues, all women in Manipur will become widows,” she said.
Brajamani, an alleged former member of People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) and father of a one and half year-old child, was released from jail a few months back.
Chaoba said both of them were living with HIV/AIDS and were under medication. Contrary to Chaoba’s version, the Assam Rifles said in a statement that the trio shot on Thursday night were all PREPAK militants.
Three 9 mm pistols with magazines, 5 live rounds, 6 assorted live ammunition and cartridge of an AK rifle were recovered from the slain militants, the statement added.
Bodies of the alleged militants have been sent to RIMS mortuary in Imphal for post-mortem.