Grand funerals planned for two victims at Ukhrul’s TNL Ground

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By R Lester Makang

UKHRUL, August 31: To mark the funeral services of the two victims (L) Ramkashing Vashi and (L) Mayopam Ramror who were killed here during a peaceful demonstration on August 30 by Manipur Police commandos, a grand programme has been planned at the Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) Ground at 12 pm on Monday.

“We are planning to hold a grand funeral services for our martyrs who laid down their lives for the cause of our people,” said TNL vice-president SD Reisang on Sunday adding that the program will be held under the aegis of the United Naga Council (UNC) and is expected to be attended by a whopping 20, 000 delegates from 16 Naga tribes representing Naga Hohos and different Naga frontal organizations of all Naga districts in the State.

Further stating that a fitting tribute would be paid to the dear departed souls in front of all Naga brethren, he informed that interment has been planned inside TNL Ground itself.

“We have already inspected the site for the same,” he added.

Meanwhile, sources said that post mortem on the two bodies has commenced late in the evening at Ukhrul District Hospital with the arrival of autopsy experts from Imphal today.

It may be mentioned that since yesterday people from different localities of the township have been showing solidarity with the bereaved families by visiting round the clock and attending the wake to keep watch over the mortal remains at the district hospital.

Most woman visitors are seen wearing kathi kashan (mourning attire) and they sang Christian hymnals in the traditional way.

Meanwhile, sources said that local MLA Samuel Risom has today visited the hospital where the bodies of the two victims were awaiting post mortem.

He also met Ukhrul DC Modak Hrisheekesh and urged him to institute a judicial inquiry into the Saturday incident.

The MLA has reportedly questioned as to who gave the Ukhrul SP the order to fire live rounds upon the rallyists and gunned down innocent civilians.

He then urged the district administration to consider immediate revocation of the prohibitory order and withdrawal of State forces from the town.

However, attempt to contact the DC in this connection has proved futile.

Meanwhile, with the retreat of State forces and subsequent requisition of Assam Riffles personnel in the town since last night following an order from the district magistrate, the situation has been brought under control till this evening.

Accordingly, AR personnel were seen keeping a vigil around the town while a convoy of AR vehicles with CO Gaurav taking the lead could also be seen spreading the message of peace on the thoroughfare.

Vehicles draped with poster reading “Let’s maintain peace and tranquility in Ukhrul “ could be seen moving around the town.

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