IMPHAL: Judicial Magistrate, First Class Imphal West-II on Monday, has rejected the bail application filed by a retired IAS officer Abujam Tombikanta and remanded him into judicial custody till April 6, 2020 in connection with a case of attempted homicide of his wife and children with a sharp weapon.
The 61 year old accused, Abujam Tombikanta, son of late Kanglenjao of Moidangpok Mamang Leikai, was brought to the court after the completion of five days’ police custody remand of Patsoi police station along with the prayer for remanding him into judicial custody remand for further investigation of the case under Section 307 (attempt to murder), Section 326 (causing grievous hurt) and Section 34 IPC common intention.
On the other hand, the counsel of the Abujam Tombikanta through his counsel filed remand objection along with the prayer for releasing him on bail.
The case was on based on the complaint lodged by his wife on March 18 at around 8.30 pm stating that on the same day at around 8.20 pm her husband and his younger brother Abujam Gulamani along with his two sons and unknown men came together as a group at her residence.
When her eldest daughter went to open the gate they broke into the compound demanding torchlight and shouted “Chingthorako Chingthorako Loisanlasi” (Pull them out, let us finish them). Her son and minor daughter was having dinner was shoved by the intruders and the son was hit with Thanghai (long sword), Sagol Kangjei (Polo mallet) and steel rod without any rhyme and reason, it was informed.
The complaint further mentioned that she tried to get out of the room to give a call of help, but the accused block them, strike her around the neck and began to assault her daughter and son kicking them in the lower abdomen. She mentioned that her husband kicked their son in the private part.
Her son was left cringing on the ground crying loudly while she left the spot to her next neighbor’s for their intervention. The complainant charged that attempts were made on their lives and as a result her daughter has been treated at a hospital and a case was registered by Patsoi Police for investigation.
The IO of the case through APP submitted that during the course of investigation the accused was thoroughly and tactfully interrogated in connection with the case and he had admitted to the charges leveled against him. He disclosed that on the day his younger brother Abujam Gunamani and co-accused in the case and other associates held the hands of his son and started beating him with polo mallet, sword and steel rod and beside that admitted to assaulting her daughter with kick on her private part when she tried to help her brother.
The IO further submitted numbers of witnesses including neighbors were examined in connection with the case and they also supported the fact of occurrence of the crime by giving their statement in favor of prosecution and it also revealed that they were many previous instances/incidents where the accused had beaten and harassed his family members without any reason thereby causing fear and put risk to the life of his family members.
The investigation is in progress and in the initial stage and if the accused is released on bail at the present stage of investigation it will cause further chaos, injury, put risk to life of other family members. It is highly required to put him behind bars for some more days for the safety of complainant wife and children and also not to hamper the investigation and to effect arrest of other associates involved in the case, the IO pleaded and prayed for judicial custody remand of accused persons.
The court rejected the bail application and remanded the alleged accused retired IAS into judicial custody remand till April 6, 2020.