Haokip, who sustained multiple bullet wounds, was airlifted from Aizawl to the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong on Monday for specialised treatment.
The incident occurred on July 7, when armed Meitei militants attacked village volunteers in Kangvai. Without hesitation, Haokip rushed to the village, located barely one kilometer away from his residence in New Zalenphai, to assist those under attack. Despite being unarmed, he fearlessly joined the efforts to protect his community, sources said.
During the clashes, Haokip sustained serious injuries while lying on his stomach, with bullets embedded in his left shoulder, chest, and left lung. He was initially taken to Lamka district hospital for treatment, where X-ray results revealed the need for state-of-the-art equipment to safely extract the bullets. As such equipment was unavailable at Aizawl Civil Hospital, the doctors referred him to NEIGRIHMS in Shillong.
The central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) arranged for his transfer to Aizawl from Lamka on Thursday and ensured his admission to NEIGRIHMS on July 13.
Upon his arrival in Aizawl, Haokip received a warm welcome from the YMA leaders, who continued to assist him throughout his journey to Shillong. The YMA leaders in Aizawl, in collaboration with their counterparts in Shillong, facilitated his transportation from Umroi airport to NEIGRIHMS via ambulance, covering all expenses.
The Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) commended Haokip’s courageous actions and expressed gratitude to the YMA for their support in ensuring he receives the best possible medical care.