Culprits involved in Nungba incident will be booked: Biren

Correspondent IMPHAL/DIMAPUR, Sep 5 | Publish Date: 9/5/2018 11:49:53 AM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Wednesday said that security forces have launched an operation to arrest the culprits involved for assaulting a team of students and artists at Nungba Bazar by suspected NSCN (I-M) cadres. The chief minister said that government will not remain a mute spectator when anybody indulges in anti-social activities or takes law into their own hands. 

He said that the government has taken seriously on the reports of abduction and threatening in Tamenglong and Noney districts allegedly by armed groups. It may be recalled that the incident took place near Nungba in Tamenglong district of Manipur along the NH-37 when some members of the students’ union and singers were returning to Imphal after attending a function in Assam on September 3 night.

NSCN (I-M) clarifies 

NSCN (I-M) through its MIP has said that it was compelled to issue clarification over the “unfounded malicious” allegation made by the Meitei student bodies (AMSU and AAMSU) with regard to the alleged assault meted out to them by some unknown miscreants who claimed to be members of NSCN at Nungba Bazaar, Tamenglong district on September 3.

MIP said that no NSCN officials were involved in the alleged harassment meted out to the Imphal valley-based students’ union leaders and artistes. 

NSCN (I-M) said such an act of harassment and disturbances to travellers in Naga territory must be condemned by all and for which GPRN with all seriousness will pursue to contain such anti-social elements. Further, MIP advised not to hurl allegations at the NSCN on the grounds of mere speculation and suspicion. Instead, MIP said that everyone must be watchful of various elements, who want to create problem and trying to tarnish the reputation of the NSCN.  

Meanwhile, MIP said that on September 5, two miscreants were arrested for extorting at Nungba in the name of the NSCN. During interrogation, they confessed to have looted around 20 trucks, raising suspicion of their involvement in the unfortunate incident of Nungba bazaar. Therefore, MIP said that GPRN has nothing to do with the incident which occurred on September 3.



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