Manipur: Couple arrested in the alleged murder of passenger vehicle driver . Body found in Nagaland

The body of a missing van driver from Manipur was recovered from near Kedima Veswama Bypass road under Khuzhama Police Station in Nagaland on Saturday.

A couple involved in the alleged murder of passenger vehicle driver, who had gone missing since December 30, has been arrested. The dead body of the driver was recovered from near Kedima Veswama Bypass road under Khuzhama Police Station in Nagaland on Saturday.

The deceased driver and owner of the Eco Van (MN01AS-7696) has been identified as Yanglem Priyobrata, 48, son of Y Kesho from Nachou Awang Leikai, Ward No II in Bishnupur district, Manipur.

Around 11.30 am on Saturday, a team of Bishnupur Police Station found the mortal remains of Y Priyobrata from under a large culvert which is located at a deserted spot near Kedima Veswama Bypass. 

Post mortem with video recording was conducted. However, the body is still kept at RIMS Mortuary. Injury caused by a sharp weapon was found on body.

Nailing down the suspect

Heisnam James, 32, son of H Kumar from Lamboi Khongnangkhong under Lamphel Police Station, Imphal West was taken to Bishnupur Police Station on January 4 for questioning but he could not provide any information and therefore, he was released, according to family members.

James has a history of pawning off vehicles he had borrowed from others and was involved in many such cases, the sources said.

During an interrogation carried out by Irilbung Police Station regarding a similar case, it was revealed that James had killed Y Priyobrata and left the body at Kedima Veswama Bypass under Khuzhama Police Station in Nagaland. He revealed that after killing Priyobrata, James and his wife returned to Imphal and sold off the van on December 31.

James’s wife, Khoirom ningol Heisnam ongbi Sandhyarani, 33, daughter of Kh Nabakumar from Uripok Ahanthem Leikai also surrendered to the police at Women Police Station, Senapati district.  

According to the police, they have found certain evidence that James was also involved in supplying betel leaves from Imphal to a UG group in Dimapur.

Manipur drivers suspend passengers and goods service on Imphal-Moreh route

Meanwhile, drivers ferrying passengers and goods along the Imphal-Moreh road on January 9, 2023, suspended their services, decrying the alleged killing of passenger driver Yanglem Priyobrata, whose body was found in Nagaland on Saturday. 

Speaking to the media, Khundrakpam Binodkumar, a member of the All Imphal-Moreh Drivers Union, informed that Priyobrata who hails from Nachou Awang Leikai in Bishnupur district was allegedly hired by a man identified as Heisnam James for travelling to Dimapur on December 30, 2022, and had been missing ever since. 

The driver union strongly condemned the incident and demanded capital punishment for the culprits behind the killing.

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