WC cricket celebration claims one life

Imphal | April 3 : Celebration over the Indian cricket team lifting ICC World Cup 2011 had killed one elderly woman by the bullet of Assam Rifles on Saturday night in Manipur.
In a state like Manipur where campaigns for the repeal of AFSPA are very vocal with hunger striker Irom Sharmila fasting for the last ten years, killing of anyone by Assam Rifles' bullets will have no excuse although the firings were part of celebrations over Indian team's victory over Sri Lanka.
75 years old Waikhom Mani Devi was found killed with a bullet stuck in her heart after penetrating through from her back at Bamon Leikai in Thoubal district of Manipur. Several bullet holes are also seen in the roof of the house where the woman was found killed.
Local people said minutes after the Indian team had won the cricket match the 15 Assam Rifles located at Thoubal Tomching started firing into the air celebrating the victory. The Assam Rifles post is situated little less than 1 km from Bamon Leikai of Thoubal.
Meanwhile, in protest against the dead of the woman, the people started blocking roads in the area including the Imphal-Moreh road of National Highway 39. A joint action committee (JAC) formed in connection with the killing has demanded the removal of the Assam Rifles from the area.
Till the filing of this story, the state government and the JAC members are meeting over the matter at the chief minister's bungalow.