Imphal, Jul 14: A top Kuki militant was shot dead and three others including two children were injured by unidentified gunmen in Manipur's Senapati district, police said today.
Sources said Seikhohao Khongsai alias Marvin from militant outfit Kuki Liberation Army (KLA) along with four others including his wife were travelling from Churachandpur district to Saikul when three well-armed militants stopped his car at Pukhao Ahallup Chingya under Saikhul sub-division yesterday.
The militants dragged Khongsai to a nearby hill jungle and shot him dead from point blank range, sources said, adding that he died on the spot.
Official reports from Saikul said the militants also fired at the car in which the KLA leader was travelling, injuring his 2-year-old daughter Zoukim Kuki, 5-year-old Haominglung (a relative) and the driver Aleng Khongsai (24).
His wife Mansaonei (27) escaped unhurt, sources said.
Official sources said KLA is involved in the process for holding peace talks with the government and its cadres were sometimes allowed free movement.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the crime, sources said adding that a rival faction appeared to be behind the incident.
Meanwhile, an official report from border town of Jiribam, about 222 km from here, said suspected militants placed a powerful grenade near a petrol pump yesterday. Police sources said the grenade was later defused.
Sources at the petrol pump said suspected militants had demanded extortion money from them, the only one in Jiribam bordering Assam.