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Tue, 20 Aug 2019

Northeast Today

Kuki chief, nephew brutally killed, many condemns, warns of agitations if culprits are not booked within 24 hours

Kuki chief, nephew brutally killed, many condemns, warns of agitations if culprits are not booked within 24 hours
July 10
20:35 2019

|Kaybie Chongloi|

A Kuki chief and his nephew was brutally killed on Wednesday morning at around 11 am in Manipur by unidentified gunmen suspected to be Kuki militant outfit while the duo were reportedly travelling in a private vehicle.

The incident occurred between Keihao and Hengjang village under Island Block in Kangpokpi District around 20/25 Km. away from Island Sub Divisional Headquarters in newly created Kangpokpi District.

The deceased Hengjang village chief was identified as Thangneo Kipgen(58), s/o (L) Letkhai Kipgen and Thangminlun Haokip (26), s/o Thenthang Haokip.

According to one survival in the incident, the assailants were in six in number and they speak in Kuki dialect and possessed AK rifles and M-16 weapons.

He said that they shoot in a very close range and right after the firing they come down and enquired about me and the duo killed in the firing.

As I told them I am from Bongbal Kholen and the duo are Chief of Hengjang and his nephew, they immediately fled the scene, he said while adding that he could not identified anyone of them.

The assailants involved in the crime and the reason could not ascertain til filing of this report.

The brutal killing of Hengjang village chief and his nephew however draw a mammoth condemnation from various civil society organizations right after the incident went viral in social media at around 1:00 pm this afternoon.

Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi District strongly condemned the incident serve 24 hours ultimatum to the state Government to book the culprits.

It asked the state Government to arrest the culprits within the stipulated time before the situation turns intense while expressing its bewilderment about the law and order situation in the state and wonder if the Government has done their duty enough in order to maintain peace and harmony among various communities of the state.

It also warns that if the culprits are not book within the stipulated time any public agitation will be launch under the aegis of Kuki Inpi and the state Government shall be solely responsible for any untoward incident.

In a separate condemnation, KSO Sadar Hills and TSA Sadar Hills also condemned the incident in the strongest term.

The KSO Sadar Hills said that such heinous act towards civilian is highly condemnable while adding that everything can be solved through dialogue but such anti social activities only invite disturbance in the peaceful environment of the society.

It also appeal the assailants involved in the alleged murdered to spell out the reason of the crime at the earliest.

TSA Sadar Hills also condemned the incident and said that such act towards innocent civilian is a barbaric act and highly condemnable while seeking justice to be prevails at any cost.

It also demand the alleged murderer to give the reason behind their brutal crime and appeal the state Government and concerned authority to booked the culprits at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the local MDC of Bongbal Kholen District Council Constituency, Thangjamang Kipgen, who is also the President of BJP Sadar Hills District strongly condemned the merciless killing of Thangneo Kipgen and Thangminlun Haokip.

“I strongly condemned the barbaric act and appeal to all peace loving citizens of the state and Bongbalkholen area in particular to refrain from such criminal activities in future”, the local MDC said.

He continued that any differences can be settled through talks and negotiations while adding that everyone should understand the values of life as it is the greatest gift of God to mankind and it is the fundamental duty of every citizen to honour and respect it.

While appealing the group/individuals involved in the incident to refrain fro such unwanted activities in future, the local MDC also appeal the state Government and the law enforcing authorities to book the culprits at the earliest so that such criminal activities are not repeated in future and that normalcy be restored in the panic stricken region.

Kipgen Khangthah Kiloikhom-General Headquarters also strongly condemned the incident and demand the assailants to spell out the reasons for the killing.

It said that such cold blooded murder not only disturbed the peaceful environment in our society but also harbours the seed of vengeance.

The Kipgn Khangthah Kiloikhom will not remain silent until justice is serve to the victim families and appeal to the state Government to booked the culprits within 24 hours, failing which intense agitations will be launch with all like minded organizations and the Government will be solely responsible for any untoward incident.

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