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Liangmai bodies condemn looting incident at Kanglatongbi
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai Network

Imphal, May 09 2024: The Namdilong (Kanglatongbi) Village Authority and the Global Liangmai Forum (GLF) have strongly condemned the May 8 evening incident at Kanglatongbi where gunmen allegedly looted money from a house.

According to the Namdilong (Kanglatongbi) Village Authority, around 6:30 pm on Wednesday, four "unidentified masked individuals perpetrated the act of violence in Namdilong village".

It alleged that these individuals "forcibly entered the home of Tangamthuibou Ringkangmai (43), a member of the Naga community, brandishing firearms, and subsequently looted approximately Rs 50,000.This incident occurred behind the LNBA Sub Centre Church in Namdilong Kanglatongbi, the village authority said.

It then said the "reprehensible incident transpired before the eyes of the family, plunging them into a state of shock and inflicting lasting psychological distress".

Wife and children of Tangamthuibou Ringkangmai, "who bore witness to the ordeal, are grappling with the profound impact of the trauma inflicted upon them", the village authority also said.

In the wake of this distressing event, the village authority appealed for swift justice.

The aggrieved family, alongside members concerned of the community, is urging the Government to take decisive action to stem the tide of illegal activities.

"Of particular concern is the prevalence of illicit demand letters circulating in the area, which not only sow seeds of fear but also pose a grave threat of escalating conflicts to perilous levels," it added.

The affected family and the community at large urged the Government officials to undertake immediate and concerted efforts to address this pressing issue, the Namdilong Village Authority stated.

It is imperative that authorities conduct thorough investigations and implement robust measures to combat such unlawful practices, thereby restoring a sense of security and tranquility to the community, said the village authority.

"Failure to heed this urgent call to action may compel the affected parties to pursue further recourse to safeguard their rights and well-being.

Timely intervention is essential to not only redress the grievances of the aggrieved but also to prevent the perpetuation of injustice and ensure a safer, more equitable future for all," it further stated.

As residents of the sensitive zone, "we have been consistently exercising the utmost restraint, prioritizing peace above all else.

However, we caution against interpreting our commitment to peace as a sign of weakness.

Our history is imbued with resilience and fortitude, and we refuse to yield in the face of adversity.

Should such provocations persist within our jurisdiction, we may be compelled to retaliate, risking the escalation of the conflict beyond repair.

Let this serve as a clear warning against further acts of aggression, as we remain committed to peace but steadfast in our resolve to protect our community", the village authority also said.

In light of all these events, the village authority and the Global Liangmai Forum said that the Naga community residing in Kanglatongbi Namdilong "wishes to address the ongoing conflict and our unwavering commitment to peace and neutrality" .

Since the eruption of the conflict last May, "we have been diligently maintaining a stance of neutrality, ensuring free access in our area for both warring factions.

Despite facing provocation and testing circumstances, our resolve for peace has remained steadfast," it added.


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