NPF, State unit ask State to initiate judicial inquiry in Ukhrul shooting incident

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IMPHAL, August 30: A team of the Naga People’s Front, State unit led by president Awangbou Newmai apprised the State Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam who also holds the Home portfolio on the present Ukhrul situation.

The NPF team includes MLA Dikho, party co-ordinator Alexander Pou, MLA Samuel Risom.

The meeting at the Chief Minister’s office was also attended by minister Phungzathang Tonsing.

Speaking to media persons following the evening’s meeting with the State Chief Minister, Samuel Risom said the NPF delegate had apprise the State heads of the Ukhrul situation and measures needed to restore normalcy at the earliest.

The press meet was held at the MLA’s quarter at Lamphel.

He said, the NPF delegates had told the Chief Minister and his team that the situation could have been avoided had the government listened seriously to the voice of the people which was conveyed earlier by the NPF.

Party MLAs had forwarded that the situation will be out of control if the government continue to ignore the wishes and sentiments of the public, he said.

He said the public have been kept in ransom for too long and the situation in Ukhrul is not their fault.

“The situation was created by the government by imposing 144 CrPC with ulterior motive in the name of maintaining law and order,” he said.

The NPF leader continued that there was no law and order problem in Ukhrul town, when the State forces were sent in the pretext of protecting peoples’ lives.

Meanwhile, the NPF leaders also strongly condemned the action of the State police who allegedly resorted to firing upon innocent public who were rallying.

“We have asked the government to immediately lift the imposition of 144 CrPC from Ukhrul town and conduct immediate judicial inquiry and punish the police personnel and officers who resorted to the inhuman action upon the innocent civilians,” he asserted.

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