Tangkhul Naga Wangaolong questions imposition of Section 144 at Ukhrul

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IMPHAL, August 19: The Tangkhul Naga Wangnaolong strongly condemned the killing of Ngalanzar Malue, 60, of Nongman Ukhrul District, vice chairman of Autonomous District Council (ADC), who was shot dead at Finch Corner on July 12. We urge that such kind of act should not be repeated in the future.

This was stated S Raising, president of the TNWL to the media today at the Wunghon Village of Yangaipokpi. He added that TNWL is a body formed by chiefs of 242 Tankhul villages of Manipur. He further lamented that imposing Section 144 CrPC in Ukhrul town has only given fear psychosis and panic to the people and also hinders the peaceful co-existence among the people.

Akhui Zimik, vice president, TNWL said that it is the duty of the Government to provide security to Ngalanzar Malue as the Government was aware about the threat perception.

He added that the incident happened at Finch corner, 22 km away from the Ukhrul town and asked why the government is imposing Section 144 only in the town area. He asked if the government has any ulterior motive by imposing Section 144 in the town area. TNWL strongly appealed the government to repeal Section 144 from the town area.

He further maintained that there should be a valid reason for implementing Section 144 in the town area for such a long time.

Akhui Zimik continued that TNWL could not condole and condemn the incident in time because all the ADC members were socially boycotted by the Naga People’s Convention and this was the reason why the Tangkhul civil organisations have some time gap in this regard.

He also said that according to the customary law of the Tangkhuls, until and unless a boycott once imposed on an individual or a group is lifted, there is no room for excuse. But considering the fact that Ngalanzar was a son of the community, TNWL has decided to condole his untimely demise, he said.

MC Khating, chief of Thoyee village was also present during the press meet.

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