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Ibobi announces jobs to kin of ambush victims; toll rises to 8

O. Ibobi Singh offer floral tribute to the deceased Manipur Police personnels at 1st Manipur Rifle complex in Imphal on Saturday. (EP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 16:
Published on 17 Apr. 2011 12:32 AM IST
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Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh Saturday announced government jobs to the next of kin of the deceased in Friday’s ambush on MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing’s convoy at Ukhrul’s Riha village. The death toll also rose to eight.
With full state honour the last rites of the six slain security men were performed Saturday at the parade ground of the 2nd Bn Manipur Rifles in Imphal. Ibobi along with other officials also attended the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Ibobi announced that government job would be provided to the next of kin of the deceased personnel above the ex-gratia amount to be paid by the government as per rules.
He also said that the families will be paid in-service pay until the retirement age of the deceased personnel. All the medical expenses for treatment of the wounded personnel would be borne by the state government, Ibobi added.
Ibobi without mentioning any particular group said the ambush as an act by people who wanted to break the peace and tranquility of the people in the name of peace.
Vaorei, who was in the same vehicle with Wungnaoshang battled for life at the Shija hospital, where he was admitted with two other critically injured security personnel.
The death toll of Friday’s ambush has risen to eight with Vaorei Keishing (65), a retired government employee of the social welfare department, succumbed to his injuries at Shija hospital around 10.30 pm Friday night.
Meanwhile, in a statement Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) condemning the incident alleged that the ambush was laid by cadres of NSCN (I-M) led by Lt Paoshim of Ramrei Khullen, attached with the Kishiumong Battalion of the outfit.
MNRF information and publicity secretary, Maxstone in a statement said the ambush was laid only to please the India government on whom NSCN (I-M) leaderships bent only to get their benefits keeping behind sacrifices made by thousands of Naga soldiers for an independent Nagaland.
Leaders of the NSCN (I-M) has fooled the Naga people in the name of bringing peace in the region by signing a ceasefire trust and amassing wealth of their own, the statement asserted.
The ceasefire between centre and NSCN (I-M) in Manipur cover only the hill areas of Manipur the statement said and alleged that cadres of the NSCN (I-M) were setting up camps on the behest of the Assam Rifles. Both Manipur and governments of India knows it very well. So, responsibility of the ambush should be borne by the India government, the statement said.
As a representative of the people, the MLA had demanded separate Phungyar district knowing the plight of the people. If the life attempt to the MLA was related with the district demand, then are they going to eliminate those who are demanding district status for Jiribam and Sardar hills? MNRF questioned.
The statement further questioned the NSCN (I-M) whether killing each other among them in collusion with Indian security forces is the other objective of the outfit. It also alleged that the NCSN (I-M) has been attempting to disintegrate the region into fragments in the name of integration.
The statement also warned those “few people” who were interfering in the internal matter of Manipur to stop their activities immediately.

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