Irabanta JAC to continue with blockade


IMPHAL, Oct 11 (Newmai News Network): As announced earlier, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) seeking safe release of Irungbam Irabanta allegedly abducted by NSCN-IM will impose an indefinite economic blockade along Imphal-Ukhrul road from Friday.

The JAC has asked the state Government which has allegedly not taken any step yet to secure the release of Irabanta event after more than four months of his abduction that if it has become a Government running under the diktat of the rebel NSCN-IM.

Talking to Newmai News Network this evening, the Irabanta JAC convenor, Radhamani said notwithstanding the statement of state Government which said that some cadres were involved in the kidnapping of Irabanta, it is still hesitant to take prompt action against the outfit.

He said such attitude of the Government has prompted the JAC as well as the public to put a question mark on it. The JAC has also submitted several representations regarding the issue time and again to the state Chief Minister and the state Home Minister, but they have chosen to remain silent which clearly indicates that the Government does not want to solve it, he lamented.

Radhamani added the 48-hour Imphal-Ukhrul road bandh enforced by the JAC ends Thursday midnight and reiterated that the indefinite economic blockade along the same route that the JAC proposed earlier will begin from tomorrow as the Government refuses intervention on the serious matter till today.

Being an outfit under ceasefire with the Central Government the NSCN-IM should not indulge in such kidnapping case, the JAC convenor asserted, warning that any eventual untoward incident should be owned up by both the state Government and NSCN-IM.

Irabanta, a sand supplier for Maphou Dam construction, was allegedly kidnapped by the NSCN-IM on May 27 last. Since then his whereabouts is unknown till today. He is a resident of Nongdam Maning Leikai in Imphal East.


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