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NPMHR flays valley militants
Published on 4 Sep. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights has accused valley-based militants of targeting Naga villagers for land grab citing the sequence of events leading to the “eviction warning” allegedly given by the KCP (MC) group to Mapao Khullen villagers under Senapati District from the area or to face death.
NPMHR Press Liaison has questioned whether the warning given was not part of the larger plot of non-tribals to grab the land of tribals in Manipur. The NPMHR disclosed that its members visited the village on Friday to record the events that occurred there on August 31 when suspected activists of the KCP (MC) group physically assaulted more than 30 males during the course of interrogating the villagers to identify “police informers” in the village.
It was revealed that the state forces comprising of IRB, Manipur Police Commandos and Assam Rifles had conducted a joint combing operation in the area on August 30.
According to NPMHR some armed individuals in combat uniforms numbering about 7-10 went to Mapao Khullen village forcing the men folk to assemble near the village bus stop and assume “push-up” positions for more than one hour. It stated that the armed men then assaulted villagers when they replied that there was no informer nor did they know of any such person. NPMHR said that the village pastor M. Shungkhai was kicked on the jaw and stood over with his neck pressed down under the boot of one of the armed individuals. Other villagers were also slapped and hit with gun-butts, it alleged.
NPMHR alleged that the armed individuals also threatened to kill one of the villagers if they did not identify police informers. When the villagers maintained that there were no police informers in the village, the armed individuals left the village between 9.30-10.00 pm with seven mobile phones, the NPMHR said. It said that the village was also warned to vacate the area within the next 4-5 days failing which they would be shot.
Condemning the “victimization of innocent” tribal villagers by valley based armed groups, the NPMHR rued that the response of state forces have not been encouraging at all adding “rather past experiences has shown that it puts villagers at higher risks.” The NPMHR called upon all concerned to refrain from such activities and to ensure safety and well being of villagers.

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