IMPHAL, December 22: The Kuki Student’s Organisation, KSO Saikul; Kuki Inpi, Saikul and local women folk staged a sit-in-protest against the kidnapping of two innocent labourers at the market shed of Ekou Bazar Saikul today.
Today’s sit in protest was also attended by the respective wives of the two labourers and other locals.
The protestors held placards, “We strongly condemn this act of kidnapping”, “Stop kidnapping for ransom”, “Kidnapping for ransom has no placed”, “Victimizing individuals helping us construct roads is anti-public and anti-development”, “Stop victimising innocent people for your greed”.
Police had said that two labourers identified as head mason Amom Doren Singh, 36 son of A Kripa of Wangoo Sandhungkhong, and second head mason Sanasam Tomba alias Kala, 44 son of Sekhor of Wangoo Heinouyam Awang leikai were kidnapped from their makeshift shed near their work site at Tuichamphai Government LP School along the Sapermeina-Ekou road on December 10 around 8.30 pm by unidentified armed miscreants.
In case the perpetrators fail to act on the appeal for the safe and sound release of the two labourers at the earliest, the people of Saikul in collaboration with the whole state may erupt in a bigger agitation soon, threatened the protestors today.
Kala’s wife Ibechoubi said she has two children and her family survives on the meagre amount that her husband earns as the head mason.
She further appealed for the safe and sound release of her husband and his other co-worker.
Meanwhile, Ibemcha wife of Doren said that she has a one and half year old baby daughter, and ever since the kidnapping of her husband, her family’s condition has been deteriorating.
She also appealed for the safe release of her husband and the head mason.
The two labourers were working on the construction of a culvert along the Sapermeina-Ekou road, when they were kidnapped.
The Saikul police had said that a missing report was submitted on December 11 around 11 am.
Meanwhile, a protestor in today’s demonstration said that the silence maintained by the state government and the failure of the Home department to find any clue till date on the case is lamentable and unfortunate.
He further appealed to all the concerned to release the innocent labourers in the interest of the family and on humanitarian ground.
The act of kidnapping labourers who survive by working hand to mouth is against the basic tenets of humanity, he continued.
The protestors further demanded clarification from all concerned behind the kidnapping.
The contractor of the said road construction is also not cooperating with the people regarding the incident, he continued before observing that the contractors should take full responsibility for the safety of the workers and the safe and sound release of the two labourers, he said.
The Women Union, Saikul KSO and the Kuki Inpi Saikul also share the grievances of the families, said a protestor.
The protestor further appealed against disturbing the developmental works in the area with such unwarranted actions.
Any armed group that thinks for the general public should not create disturbances for the public, he observed.