Manipur, 7 Jan: A court in Imphal on Friday convicted a Manipur BJP leader’s son guilty of homicide not amounting to murder.
Irom Roger, 21, was killed in 2011 when Nongthombam Ajay, who is in his thirties, had fired on his car after a brawl in 2011.
“I come to the conclusion that the act of the accused shooting from his licensed pistol toward the i-20 car, thereby causing the death of Irom Roger, falls in the exception number 1 of section 300 IPC, and thus it is culpable homicide not amounting to murder and further, there is no material to establish, that the accused shot the deceased with the intention of causing death,’’ said District and Sessions Judge M Manoj Kumar Singh in his order. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on January 11.
Ajay’s father, N Biren, had recently resigned from the Congress and joined BJP. He is contesting the assembly elections in Manipur in February.
Irom, who was studying in Bangalore, was killed while he was visiting going to his family in Imphal to celebrate Holi. Biren, who was unavailable for comments, was then a Congress cabinet minister.
The killing case is handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation for further probe while Ajay had surrendered to the police with the murder weapon after public pressure along with his five friends. He had since been out on bail.