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Tamenglong, August 5 (MExN): The Zeliangrong Civil Organizations today submitted a joint memorandum and served an ultimatum of 72 hours w.e.f. August 5 midnight to the Union Home Minister and Chief Minister of Manipur to book the cadres and functionaries of NSCN (IM) who were involved in the “abduction/picked up” and “subsequent captive” of the youth and student leaders on August 4 at Tamenglong district HQ, informed a press release from Zeliangrong Students’ Union Manipur (ZSUM).
ZSUM State Secretary Heurang Newme in the release alleged that the youth and student leaders who were abducted under the directive of Sangailung Kamei, Central Administrative Officer, (CAO) Zeilad Region were held captive in a house belonging to one Aduana Kamei, who is also a functionary of the NSCN (IM) at Tamenglong district HQ.
The abductees, namely Ngankiuwang Kamei, newly elected assistant secretary, ZSUTD, David Kamei, vice-president, ZYF (AMN), Mathiusang Panmei, former coordinator, ZSUTD, Wiramang Newmai, vice-chairman, ZSUM, ID Chunlubou, former vice-chairman, ZSUM and Jeremiah Gangmei, newly elected coordinator, ZSUTD, were released only when the State and Central security forces intervened, it added.
ZSUM mentioned that armed cadres of NSCN (IM) had also “mentally & psychologically disturbed” the student leaders who had gone to conduct the election of Zeliangrong Students’ Union Tamenglong District (ZSUTD) on August 3 at the Circuit House, Tamenglong HQ. The cadres also warned that strong action will be taken in case election of the said students’ body was held, it alleged.
“Is not it a shameful act for the group which is negotiating with the Govt. of India to meddle in such election?” it questioned. “The NSCN (IM) which is engaging in peaceful political negotiation with the Govt. of India indulging in such criminal and anti social activities is highly condemnable in the interest of peace and tranquillity in the region and rights of the citizen to live a peaceful live.”
Therefore, the students’ union urged the Government of India to take up appropriate action against those cadres and functionaries involved in the abduction within the deadline mentioned.
In the event of failure to book the NSCN (IM) cadres and functionaries within the deadline, “the Zeliangrong Civil Societies shall be compelled to resort to various kinds of democratic agitations in collaboration with other likeminded civil organizations in order to save the life and security of the citizens,” it cautioned.
All Zeliangrong Students’ Union (AZSU) in another statement condemned the “disturbances and unnecessary problems” caused by NSCN (IM) “armed cadres” during the election of Zeliangrong Students’ Union Tamenglong District on August 3 at Circuit House, Tamenglong district HQ.
The statement from AZSU Vice-President Z. Hulangbou Newmai alleged that the cadres led by one Deputy Kilonser, Thailik, threatened the students’ leaders and tried to disrupt the process of election.
“…Such intimidation, disturbances and interference by the NSCN/GPRN (IM) which has been engaging in peace negotiation with the Govt. of India but meddle into the affairs of the Zeliangrong students organization which is one of the oldest students’ body in the region by taking advantage of the peace talk is never expected of which deliberately act carried out may spoil the peaceful atmosphere,” AZSU stated.
It further claimed that the NSCN (IM) cadres also “instigated” some “confused and irresponsible individuals” to disrupt the peaceful holding of the said election.
“Threatening the students’ leaders and interfering into the affairs of students is nothing but to obstruct the progress of education in Zeliangrong society and also an act to suppress the fundamental rights of the students,” the students’ body maintained.
Despite the situation, the election was conducted, it was informed.
AZSU demanded that the authority concerned should intervene into the matter so that “such disturbance from a group which is having a peace dialogue is not recurred in the near future in the larger interest of peaceful atmosphere in the region and in the interest of the Zeliangrong people.”