Manipur govt announces ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to Ukhrul firing victims
IMPHAL, AUGUST 31
MANIPUR government today announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to families of the two deceased who died in a police firing when a public demonstration turned violent in Ukhrul town, 84 km north of here, Saturday afternoon. The government also assured medical support to the injured persons.
On Saturday, two persons were killed while around 10 others sustained injury in police firing following a confrontation between police and demonstrators who are demanding an acceptable and honourable settlement of the Indo-Naga issue and removal of prohibitory orders from Ukhrul town. However, the situation is said to be under control on Sunday as the normal activities resumed in the hill town.
Conveying this to reporters on the sideline of visiting the injured persons at the RIMS Hospital in Imphal, Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh said the government does not want to deploy security forces at the unwanted places.
Responding on the imposition of prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in Ukhrul town, he said the order was imposed to maintain the law and order. The Chief Minister added that the prohibitory orders were also imposed in other districts as well to protect the lives and properties of the people.
It may be noted that Ukhrul district magistrate had imposed the prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in the district headquarters to avoid any untoward incident after the gunning down of Ukhrul Autonomous District Council member Ngalangzar Malue by unidentified gunmen on July 13 this year.
Meanwhile, the civil society organizations are planning to organise a mass funeral service of the two departed souls at Tangkhul Naga Long premises tomorrow. Many Naga civil society organization representatives, including those from Nagaland, are expected to take part in the observation.
Tangkhul Hoho condemns: The Tangkhul Hoho Nagaland (THN) has condemned the alleged high-handedness and the barbaric atrocities committed by the Manipur Police Commando and the IRB which led to the killing of two innocent youth Ramkashing Vashi (26) and Mayopam Ramror (30) and injury to several others on August 30, according to a press release issued by THN president Shai Raleng and secretary PA Ramsing.
The THN also called upon every civil organisation to condemn the incident and support the citizens of Ukhrul district in this trying time. It expressed deep condolences to the bereaved families and prayed that their sacrifice will not go in vain. It further wished speedy recovery of the injured.