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Mao Incident: Homage paid to students killed
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 6:
Published on 7 May. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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It was after finishing up bullets in his possession that he took up a stick and chased the protestors and beat them up until his hand got exhausted, IRB personnel remembered the tragic incident of May 6, 2010.
The personnel was among a large contingent of state security force detailed at Mao gate at the border with Nagaland along Imphal-Dimapur section of NH-39 when Manipur government decided to bar entry of NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th Muivah into its territory.
Talking on condition of anonymity, the IRB personnel, who stayed almost one month to guard the border, recalled the fateful day wherein two students were killed and inflicted injuries to several other protestors storming at Mao gate in protest against disallowing Muivah to proceed.
It was around 11a.m., he recalled, a large number of people shouting slogans marched towards the Mao police station. “I was on duty at the temporary barrack erected at the border with Nagaland,” he said. When some of the protestors set afire vehicles of security convoy parked at Mao town, he saw some of his colleagues rushed to the spot and confront with the protestors who pelted stones towards the security.
When the security force had a hard time to control the crowd, another group of irate people, mostly youths, stormed the town hall where security forces were housed. “I heard firing several rounds of guns,” he said.
Later, he was informed that two youths were lying dead inside the barrack. When the death of two youths spread like wildfire, people again targeted the security barrack. They were ordered from the officers to use whatever force available to push back the agitators.
“We fired shots, at first in the air, then directed towards the crowd,” he recalled adding when the bullet in his possession finished up, he took up a stick from nearby and started assaulting.
“We are also human being and know the sentiments of the people. At the same time, we are in active service and have to abide by the orders of the higher ups-- our bounden duty,” the personnel added.
Neli Chakho and Dikho Loshou were killed in the security force firing at Mao-Gate in the impasse of Muivah proposed visit to his hometown last year.
The May 6, 2010 Mao gate incident was remembered on completion of one year Friday under the aegis of the United Naga Council at Mao public ground. Rich floral tributes were paid to two slain youths (students) who sacrificed their lives in protest against government decision banning Muivah from visiting his native village, Somdal, Ukhrul district.
A public meeting was held followed by floral tribute, where president of the Naga Hoho Keviletuo Kiewhuo was the chief guest. It was presided over by UNC president Samson Remei and Mao Council president O. Lorho as guest of honour.
Speakers at the meeting recalled the incident and urged for unity among Nagas to fight for justice asserting Nagas were suffering long enough.
The UNC also declared two students as martyrs. Keviletuo Kiewhuo also unveiled the ‘martyrs’ epitaph at Mao Gate. Leaders and members of Naga Hoho, NSF, NMA and Naga frontal organisations in Manipur, social leaders, and dignitaries attended. During the observance, plying of all kinds of vehicles including passenger carriers on the NH-39 was suspended. Shops and business establishments remained close for the day.

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