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IGAR (N) on Mangmetong incident
Published on 26 Jul. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Inspector General of Assam Rifles North (N) Maj. Gen. Sandeep Singh expressed apology to Mangmetong village at a meeting held at the village Panchayat hall Sunday over the July 9 incident where a historical monument was destroyed and taken away by the 9 Assam Rifles led by its Commanding Officer. The meeting was attended by representatives of civil societies including Ao Senden, AKM, OKM, Ongpankong Watsü Mungdang, Concerned Senior Citizens Forum and Mangmetong citizens of the town. The IGAR(N) appealed to let bygones be bygones in a “forgive and forget” for progress and peace in the land. He clarified that there was no objection to any monolith but added the monument which the villagers had proposed needed changes on two specific points. He further assured he was prepared to inaugurate the monolith provided if approached by the villagers. In response, the Mangmetong villagers said they would have to consult the Mangmetong Senso before taking any decision but assured they would get back within a day or two. Meanwhile,NPMHR secretary general N.Venuh has condemned the July 9 incident. In the release, NPMHR quoted Col. Rohit that “ceasefire between the people of Mangmetong and the Assam Rifles is broken,” and asked whether the Assam Rifles has signed any ceasefire agreement with Mangmetong village.

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