Imphal: Meitei Leepun Chief Mayengbam Pramot Singh came under attack from unidentified armed assailants on Friday morning around 7:30 am. The incident reportedly occurred at Langol under Lamphel Police Station in Imphal West District when Pramod and his driver were heading for a meeting at Meitei Leepun Office in Langol.
According to police, some unknown armed persons numbering about two people who came in a blue colour car from Shija side attacked by shooting 6 rounds of bullets while they were parking at the road side in between Northern Gate of NIT & Shija hospital. Neither Pramod nor his driver were injured, but the vehicle sustained damage. Upon receiving news of the incident, a team from Lamphel Police Station arrived at the scene and took stock of the situation. A team from Manipur Forensic Science also arrived at the crime scene and held an inquest. Lamphel Police has registered a case into the incident.
The 56-year-old Meitei Leepun chief is currently facing charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for promoting enmity between different groups, defamation and making statements conducing to public mischief.
In an interview to a senior journalist, Karan Thapar, for The Wire on 6th June, 2023, Pramot Singh said that all the Kukis would be wiped out or annihilated from the soil of Manipur, which created strong reaction from the Kuki-Zo community. Following a complaint by Kuki Students Organisation (KSO), Sadar Hills, Kangpokpi, an FIR was registered against Pramot Singh at Kangpokpi Police Station on July 8.
However, due to Pramot Singh’s failure to appear in court despite being duly served a notice, the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Churachandpur in October issued a non-bailable warrant for his arrest in a case related to his controversial statement. The court had also directed the Superintendent of Police, Churachandpur, for ensuring timely execution of the order which is returnable by November 9, 2023.