IMPHAL, Oct 30 (Newmai News Network): The United Naga Council (UNC) condemns the assault and abuse of the president, All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) on the night of October 24 at Taphou, Tahamzam (Senapati) by personnel of Assam Rifles led by one Major Marathi, the out-post commander of Kangpokpi.
The UNC said ANSAM is the tribe based apex students’ organization of all the Nagas in Manipur. It works to promote education and facilitate all round progress and to safeguard the common interests of the Nagas. The assault took place even after the ANSAM president identified himself which indicates that the assault was deliberate and premeditated, the UNC said.
“The assault and insult to the ANSAM is an insult to the whole Naga community and the civil society cannot accept such criminal acts laying down. This incident is not the first of its kind in the recent past.
The question that is being posed by this unprovoked assault on a community leader and naked abuse of uniform and duty is what personal safety and security exist for the general and ordinary members of the public before the Assam Rifles,” the Naga body said.
It then stated that no action has been reported to be taken on the errant officer and the personnel under his command even after lapse of 6 days of the incident. “Is it to be surmised that such acts are condoned and accepted as the norm by the authorities concern ?,” the UNC asks.
It then demanded that the public is informed as to what action are being initiated against the culprits so as to restore public faith and confidence in the rule of law and the constitutional guarantees that are provided for the citizen of the country.