Moreh bandh called off
Source: The Sangai Express

Moreh, June 06: The indefinite bandh called at Moreh town in protest against the killing of Yumnam Roshan by KNO/KNA activists near Moreh Variety Market on June 3 has been called off following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the representatives of the State Government and the JAC formed against the killing.

Soon after signing the MoU, the body of Roshan, which had been lying at Moreh Police Station, has been taken by the JAC and the customary last rites of the deceased were performed by the bereaved family members.

The points included in the MoU signed after a joint meeting of the representatives of the State Government and the JAC include considering shifting of the 24 Assam Rifles from Moreh after consultation with the Chief Minister, deployment of State Force at Moreh town, entrusting the responsibility of investigation into the circumstances leading to the recent incident and other previous similar cases with the civil police and payment of ex-gratia amount of Rs 1 lakh to the bereaved family members of Yumnam Roshan.

Accordingly the JAC has agreed to take back the body and call off the ongoing indefinite bandh with immediate effect.

The MoU was signed by MLAs Bijoy Koijam, K Ranjit Singh, Jayentakumar and Morung Makunga from the side of the State Government and representatives of the JAC.

During the joint meeting held at the conference hall of Moreh Trade Centre, the JAC raised the question why the State police force failed to take up necessary action even if the killers have been identified and why the State Government has not given any positive response even the number of innocent killed by the Kuki militants has risen to 13.While urging for seriousness on the part of the Govt in any issues related to Moreh in future as well as for taking up necessary steps for restoration of peace and normalcy at the border town, the JAC also demanded shifting of 24 Assam Rifles from Moreh and replacing them with State force.