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Friday, December 25, 2009

Two Kuki victims of Nongbrang mob were innocents: Police

Imphal, December 24: Preliminary finding of the Thoubal district police regarding the lynching of two youths at Nongbram village under Yairipok police station said that the two victims of mob were innocents and police in the followed up action picked up some villagers suspected to have been involved in the incident.

A statement issued by the Senior SP, Clay Khongsai of Thoubal today during the spot verification, police has established that the was imposed by the Nogbrang villagers on the road against extortion and threats by suspected KNF(P).

Suspected KNF cadres came and dispersed the bandh and fired some blank rounds which resulted into the injury of three women of the Nongbrang village. The two Kuki youths who were on their way to Bungbal Khuleen village for Christmas and stranded at Nongbrang due to bandh were the victims of the violent mob erupted as a result of dispersion act of the suspected KNF activists.

The two Kuki youths having been identified and has since been confirmed to be innocent victims and also students study in Shillong. In the aftermath of the incident, security has been deployed at Nongbrang village for the fear stricken villagers on the same day. At the same time, some suspected have been picked up in connection with the incident, the statement of the SSP informed and appealed to all to maintain peace and tranquility.

Meanwhile, blockade along the NH-39 at Keithelmanbi by the villagers has ended and normal passage of vehicles resumed today.

MTPRM condemns
IMPHAL, Dec 24 : The Movement for Tribal People's Rights, Manipur (MTPRM) has strongly condemned the killing of two Kuki students by Nongbrang villagers on December 22. The claim of Nongbrang villagers which were published in local dailies were all fabricated as Paosat Kipgen and Paolenlal Chongloi were never associated with any UG outfits in Manipur.
After thorough investigation, it is learnt that Paosat Kipgen was a student who graduated from Goodwill College, Shillong and cleared CPO (SI) exam 2009 and is set to appear for the interview on January 2, said a press release issued by MTPRM. 
Paolenlal Chongloi finished his M Com exam on December 16 under NEHU Shillong and was waiting for result. Both of them worked for KSO Shillong as Arts and Culture secretary and Games and Sports secretary respectively. 
As Paosat Kipgen hailed from Bongbal Khullen, Paosat along with his parents and friend Paolenlal Chongloi came to Manipur to celebrate Christmas at Bongbal Khullen and also to collect necessary documents from Yairipok police station for CPO (SI) interview. As they reached near Nongbrang village, all the vehicles were forced to go back. At this, Paosat rang up his parents asking to fetch them from Nongbrang. Accordingly, one villager went to fetch them. However, before reaching the spot, Kamching villagers informed him about the tense situation. So he returned home. A few minutes later, people of Nongbrang village stormed into Keithelmanbi Bazar and thrashed many people who were shopping there, the MTPRM said. Contending that there was no shoot-out between KNF cadres and IRB jawans at Keithelmanbi dam, it said that villagers heard sound of one gunfire at Nongbrang village side. There was some misunderstanding between Nongbrang villagers and KNF cadres, it said while appealing to all UG outfits not to demand money from the public unnecessarily. It further questioned if any passenger or passer-by could be killed and blame as culprits in the event of any bandh or blockade. (TSE)

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