IMPHAL, July 12: State deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam who also holds the Home portfolio visited the family of vice chairman, ADC Ukhrul Ngalangzar Malue killed this noon by suspected NSCN (IM) cadres at Ukhrul.
Speaking to the media at the ADC quarter during his visit, Gaikhangam assured befitting punishment for all those involved in the attack.
When asked by the media as to who could have been behind the ambush, the deputy Chief Minister said it is too early to point fingers at anyone now but considering the various unwanted incidents witnessed during the Autonomous District Council election and against its elected members, it seems the ambush was carried out by the NSCN (IM).
He quickly added that if Ngalanzar had carried his security escort, it could have been better.
He condemned the incident and said the ambush was a beastly and anti-social act.
People need to condemn such acts in the highest term, he asserted.
The act is anti-people, anti-social and anti-democracy, he continued.
Questioning the motive behind the ambush, Gaikhangam asked the perpetrators if they can achieve their goal by taking the life of their own people.
If the perpetrators continue to take the lives of their own people, the time is not far, when the public will revolt against them, he said before continuing that the culprits who were involved in the ambush will not be spared and they will be punished accordingly, he announced.
Soon after the incident the State police have been put on red alert and a search for the assailants has been launched.