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Zeliangrong Civil Organisations point finger at NSCN (IM), demand release of detained civilians

By EMN Updated: Sep 14, 2018 11:20 pm

Dimapur, Sep. 14 (EMN): The untoward incident that took place in Nungba headquarters earlier this month refuses to die down as the Zeliangrong Civil Organisations (ZCO) has come up with its findings after an independent enquiry into the detention of two persons by the NSCN (IM) in connection with the September 3 incident. It has found out that the two had nothing to do with the harassment of students’ leader and artistes.

It was reported that NSCN (IM) cadres allegedly slapped the Secretary General of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) and harassed the artists who were returning from Silchar after attending an event. The NSCN (IM) denied their involvement in the incident and announced that they had in fact arrested two persons carrying out extortion in the area in the name of the outfit, and that they could be the ones who disturbed the AMSU executives.

However, ZCO has said in a statement that its independent enquiry committee has found out in its finding that the two individuals named Gangongdai Gangmei S/o Ramsingpou Gangmei and Khiuthangam Gangmei S/o Lungangaipou Gangmei of Rengpang village, who were arrested by the NSCN (IM), were not involved in the Nungba harassment incident. It instead pointed fingers at the NSCN (IM), saying that the Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) Tamenglong had already admitted the involvement of the Naga Army Finance Deptt. (NAFD) personnel in the harassment of AMSU leaders.

The ZCO said in a statement that Gangongdai and Khiuthangam were drunk when they set off for Rengpang village on foot from Nungba Bazar on September 4. They were infuriated after one of the few trucks that were plying between Imphal and Nungba splashed muddy waters on their clothes, so they shouted at the drivers to stop.

“The truck stopped and out of anger and in order to make the driver convince and frighten, the two individuals had posed themselves as underground cadres under the influence of alcohol. They asked the driver to give some money for making their clothes dirty,” said a statement from ZCO, adding that the trucks were allowed to proceed after the drivers gave them a few hundreds.

It said that the truck drivers narrated the incident to the NSCN (IM) cadres on reaching Nungba Bazar after they were asked for tax, thus prompting the cadres to investigate. It went on to say that the duo was released on the same day after a stern warning but were called back to Tamenglong HQ after the Nungba incident broke out and were detained since. The organisation also demanded that the arrested duo be released immediately for fair and transparent investigation, and to avoid misunderstanding between different communities.

The ZCO stated that the central and state governments should intervene when civilians are detained for on long based on fabricated allegations and that they shall bear responsibility if anything happens to the two individuals.

By EMN Updated: Sep 14, 2018 11:20:14 pm