UKHRUL july 17: In connection with the prevailing situation in Ukhrul town the United Naga Council (UNC) has taken over the issue from the Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) today. After the UNC was handed over the charge to deal the situation, the Naga body said the ‘military strength show’ of the Manipur Government will be thwarted unitedly by the Nagas. The UNC said it will announce its decision regarding its course of action on July 18 or the following day.
A joint team of Naga Hoho, UNC, All Naga Students Association Manipur, Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights and Naga Women Union visited Ukhrul town today and took the first hand knowledge of the situation. After a meeting was held with the TNL, they resolved that the UNC should take over the charge to deal the situation.
Meanwhile, the UNC leaders said the Nagas down the generations since 1958 have been experiencing the military bruteness under AFSPA “and the latest Manipur Government’s military strength show has given another disturbance in the Nagas’ psyche.” “We will never succumb to such military might of Ibobi Singh and his cohorts forcing the Nagas to love Manipur,” the UNC leaders said while talking to the media here. UNC has started holding series of meetings since this evening chalking strategies to counter the Manipur Government’s action.
Former vice chairman of Autonomous District Council (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 blames the NSCN-IM. However, the outfit washed its hands off the incident.