Manipur Guv Assigns IGP Themthing Ngashangva To Probe Sepoy Thangthang Kom’s Murder Case


Imphal, September 19: In a quick response to the alleged killing of Sepoy Serto Thangthang Kom by armed miscreants, the state government has formed a ‘One Man Inquiry Commission’ to investigate the incident.

The Governor, in an order issued on Monday, has appointed one of the top state police officer Themthing Ngashangva, IPS, currently serving as the inspector general of police, Zone-1, to probe the case and nab the perpetrators behind the killing.

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“The state government is of the opinion that it is necessary to institute One Man Inquiry Commission to ascertain the facts and circumstances leading to the death of (L) Serto Thangthang Kom, son of Serto Aphun Kom of Litan village in Chandel district,” stated the order.

During the enquiry, the Commission will follow certain terms of reference, which include to ascertain facts and circumstances leading to the incident, analysis of the facts and circumstances, findings based on the analysis of facts and circumstances and recommendation (if any) to avoid such incidents in future.

The findings and its enquiry report have asked to submit to the state government within one month from the date of the order issued.

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It may be noted that the Indian Army soldier Serto, who was on leave, was allegedly kidnapped by three unidentified armed men from his Tarung Neikanlong residence in Imphal West district on Saturday morning. Next day morning his body was found at Khuningthek village in Imphal East district.

The killing came amid the unceasing violence gripping Manipur, in the wake of the Kom Union Manipur (KUM) reiterating its call that they would remain as Kom tribe and urged people of its own community to remain neutral and not to involve in the ongoing ethnic violence between Meitei and Chin-Kuki communities.

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