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Declare culprits as terrorists: MPP
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 20 2009: The Government of India should declare the particular organisation involved in the brutal murder of SDO Dr Thingnam Kishan, Revenue Mandal Y Token and Driver A Rajen as a terrorist organisation in case hints and evidences suggestive of the group's involvement are established.

MPP MLAs O Joy, Dr Ng Bijoy and RK Anand led by its president Dr L Chandramani visited the bereaved families today and shared their pain and sorrow.

Talking to the visiting MLAs, JAC members and family members decried that the scheduled joint meeting of the three JACs constituted in connection with the triple murder to find a solution to the issue could not be held because of imposition of curfew.

Countering how they can solve the issue while the public are being denied any movement, the family members appealed to the MPP MLAs to work for curfew relaxation.

Assuring that they would call on the Chief Minister and urge him to relax the curfew, the MPP leaders said that they would also urge the Chief Minister to punish the culprits and trace the three missing employees abducted together with Dr Kishan besides seeking protecting for the bereaved families.

BJP general secretary and ex-MLA M Bhorot was also with the MPP MLAs during the visit.

Later speaking to media persons after calling on the Chief Minister, MPP Legislature wing leader O Joy observed that the muder of SDO Kishan and his two staff was different from other incidents of violence both in manner and degree.

Saying that the murder seems to be motivated by communalism, Joy asserted that if concrete evidences can be collected on the involvement of any organisation in the murder, the Government of India should declare the particular organisation as a terrorist group.

The reported denial of having any knowledge about the abduction by Ukhrul DC and SP until the victims were found dead is hard to digest, he added.

Similarly, the DC and the SP claiming to have little or no knowledge about the NSCN (IM) cadres opening a camp for about three long years, until the Assam Rifles laid siege on the camp only aroused people's suspicion about the loyalty of the two Government officials, Joy asserted.

Taking into account the irresponsibility and inefficiency shown by the two officers on several occasions, a proper enquiry should be ordered against the DC and the SP, he demanded.

Stating that every one knows which UG group has domineering presence in Ukhrul district, Joy demanded that the Government of India and NSCN (IM), which are under ceasefire pact, should take greater responsibilities in hunting down the culprits involved in the sensitive murder which has all the potential to disturb the territorial integrity of Manipur.

It would be no difficult task to track down the culprits if all the parties are sincere enough, he added.

To their appeal to relax curfew in the interest of people, the Chief Minister reportedly told the MPP leaders that it would be too rash to relax curfew under the prevailing law and order situation, conveyed Dr L Chandramani.

Observing that if the murder was aimed at straining the relationships between hills and valley, the issue may result in negative ramifications to the integrity of Manipur, the MPP president expressed desire for the Government to take up more precautionary measures and also to book the culprits.

But this does not mean that MPP is taking political mileage out of the issue, he clarified.

The Government of India ought to pay due attention to the killing of employees from the valley in hill districts while it is under peace talks with some underground organisations.

Dr Chandramani said that MPP would contact like minded political parties to draw attention of the Union Home Minister into the issue on the floor of the Parliament.

He also appreciated the condemnations pouring out from the people and organisations based in hill districts.

Such message of solidarity is a clear testimony to the fact that all the communities of Manipur are bound by a deep-rooted fraternal bond.

MLA RK Anand asserted that non-compliance of ceasefire ground rules and existence of several designated camps, though unofficial, are responsible for many of the unwanted incidents including the gruesome murder of the Kasom Khullen SDO and his two staff.

Adhoc politics cannot bring any long lasting solution, he added.


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