Zeliangrong bodies decry Babul killing

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IMPHAL, July 14: Various Zeliangrong bodies while decrying the reported gunning down of Babul Rongmei chairman, Barak Valley Hill tribal Development Council and joint secretary ZU (AMN) has made a clarion call to all Zeliangrongs to bring an end to all violence and conflicts to bring lasting peace in the region.
Tthe Rongmei Lu Phuam (RLP) in a press note has also decried the killing of Babul Rongmei and further reiterated its clarion call on the people especially the Zeliangrong Nagas everywhere to stop all kinds of violence, bloodshed and adverse conflicts for peace in the region.
The statement signed by its president Panti Golmei, lamented the fresh occurrence of killing in the Barak Valley, Cachar area of Assam after a short lull.
Further recalling from a national paper dated July 12, it has stated that three motorcycle borne youths apparently Naga militants came to Sabaspur village 15 kms from Silchar and shot dead Babul Rongmei, 40, chairman of Barak valley Tribal development council. Subsequently one of the militants was caught by the villagers along with a pistol and beaten to death.
It has further reminded all concerned not to carry out capital punishment without prior public information. There might be hard reasons behind killings, violence and conflicts but all options are never exhausted for the people, it asserted and further appealed to all to shun from violence and bloodshed in the region.
Meanwhile, the Zeliangrong Union (Assam, Manipur, Nagaland) has in a press release condoled the gunning down of its jt secretary Babul Rongmei by some gunmen at his residence at Subashpur, Cachar on July 10 at around 8am.
It has further mentioned that Babul Rongmei was an active social worker and a staunch supporter of Zeliangrong traditional custom and culture. His untimely demised had caused a great loss for the Zeliangrong Union and Zeliangrong people. The union also conveyed a condolence meeting at its Imphal head office today, it added.
The meeting also condemned any killing or assassination at the present juncture, which may disturb the peaceful atmosphere when efforts are going on to bring a lasting peace in the Zeliangrong areas, the statement added.

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