NSCN-IM investigating ADC member killing

DIMAPUR, july 24: The NSCN-IM has been concertedly investigating the murder of Ngalangzar Malue, the 60 years old member of Autonomous District Council (ADC) killed on July 12 in the Imphal-Ukhrul road. This was disclosed by NSCN-IM Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) convenor Kraibo Chawang while addressing a press conference at his office here in Dimapur on Wednesday.

Former vice chairman of ADC, Ukhrul district and sitting member of the council Ngalangzar Malue, 60 years, was killed in Imphal-Ukhrul road on July 12 by suspected militants. The Manipur Government, based on the intelligence reports, has blamed the involvement of NSCN-IM but the Naga outfit had washed off its hand in the incident.

The following day, hundreds of Manipur security force personnel swoop down at the regional office of Wung Tangkhul Region (WTR) of the NSCN-IM in Ukhrul town in the pre-dawn raid picking up 8 cadres of the NSCN-IM and seized the available weapons from the office. Section 144 of the CrPC has been clamped since then.

“It is a baseless accusation from certain quarters pointing finger at us,” stated Kraibo Chawang and said the NSCN-IM will thoroughly investigate who could have been behind the killing of the ADC member. The NSCN-IM leader also said that there were numerous blasts in Ukhrul districts prior to the July 12 incident.

Meanwhile, triggered by the killing incident of the ADC member there have been questions raised in the ongoing assembly session on the NSCN-IM operating in Manipur. Manipur Home minister Gaikhangam had informed the assembly few days ago that the Naga rebel outfit NSCN-IM has so far committed 400 crimes in the state in the past 15 years. Gaikhangam also had said the NSCN-IM has been unleashing crimes against the people, and that the outfit has been killing innocent people.

On the other hand, the Naga organisations under the banner of the United Naga Council (UNC) has been strongly voicing against the promulgation of Section 144 of the CrPC in Ukhrul town and also on the deployment of hundreds of Manipur police commandos and IRB personnel in the town.

Demanding the revocation of the Section 144 of the CrPC and the withdrawal of the security forces, the UNC’s 48 hours bandh of vehicular movements along the national highways in Manipur will begin from midnight of July 24. There are also other demands of the UNC for which the 48-hour bandh was announced.


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