A 21-year-old student was shot dead allegedly by the son of a Manipur minister along the Imphal airport road, the police said on Monday.
Irom Rozer, a student from Bangalore, had gone to his hometown to celebrate Holi with his family and friends when 27-year-old Ajai Metei, son of the state irrigation and flood control minister N Biren Singh, chased him in his black Bolero and shot him, the police said.
Rozer was also in a car when the incident took place at Kwakeithel area in Imphal West district on Sunday, the police said.
The police suspect personal enmity could have led to the crime and have detained Metei and four other suspects in connection with the case. An M-20 pistol and two vehicles have been seized from the accused.
“We’ve registered a case and investigation is on,” Kh Sarat, officer in charge of the Singjamei police station said. “The arrested will be produced in court for further legal proceedings,” he said.
The incident sparked outrage among the locals who went to the residence of chief minister Ibobi Singh and submitted a memorandum demanding immediate action against the killer.
They demanded a proper investigation into the incident and called for the resignation of Biren Singh, who represents Heingang assembly constituency in Imphal East.
Security at the official residence of Biren Singh has been reinforced with more security forces deployed as people from Roger's locality are planning to march to his residence, the police said.