Lata Devi lost her husband Nongmaithem Tomba (Chinglen, 37 years) in an extra- judicial killing by Assam Rifles (Para-military) on 27th April 2007. She said that about ten personnel came to their residence around 11.30 pm on 26 April. The soldiers first dragged out Chaoba Singh, Tomba's elder brother, into the courtyard of the house and assaulted him. The team then left with Tomba. Lata Devi said. "The Assam Rifles personnel fired several round of shots in the air before they took my husband away. We learnt that my husband was killed only after his body was brought to Kumbi Police Station the next day".
Lata Devi has been supported by Manipur Women un Survivors Network by giving too interest free capital to help start her handloom production based at home.