We are equally shocked to learn about the gruesome incident at Lungphu village in which the order to ‘arrest and interrogate a suspect’ turning awry, ended up in indiscriminate firing which led to the death of the suspect and his wife. For the record, it has to be stated here that Mr. Vareingam Mahongnao had been warned time and again to desist himself from his illicit activities of extortion and collecting tax in the name of underground organizations floating in Manipur. The unheeded warnings prompted us to take the extreme measure, which however, could have been better managed. The death of his wife is unintentional which is deeply regretted. The matter is under probe and punitive actions shall
be taken against the irresponsible army personnel.
To the bereaved family, especially to the orphaned children, we apologise and sincerely pray that the Almighty may grant you the strength to forgive us in the name of the nation. To the general public, with deep regret for the ugly scene, it is our humble assurance that such reckless acts shall not be repeated in future while carrying out the call of duty.
Lt. Col. S. Shipo
General Headquarters, Naga Army