Manipur: Opposition backs Ibobi on killer’s trial

source: Telegraph India, Feb 24, 2009

(Editor's note:  NSCN(I-M) is a Christian terrorist organization backed by Australiand and American missionaries.  NSCN(I-M)'s motto is 'Nagalim for Christ' i.e., to separate the state of Nagaland from India and establish a  Christian fundamentalist state called Nagalim.)

Imphal, Feb. 24: The Opposition Manipur People’s Party today
joined the chorus of demands for the handover of the NSCN (I-M) cadres
involved in the killing of sub-divisional officer Thingnam Kishan and
his two subordinate staff recently.


“We demand that the Centre should first
take into custody the accused NSCN (I-M) leaders and hand them over to
the Manipur government for trial under the purview of the law of the
land,” L. Chandramani Singh, president of the party told reporters

The demand came as the joint action
committee and Apunba Lup today began their second phase of agitation
over the killing of Kishan, his driver Rajen Sharma and chainman Token
Singh, who were found murdered in Senapati district on February 17.

A sit-in was staged in greater Imphal
area during the curfew relaxation period from 7am to 5pm. The
protesters demanded criminal proceedings against the suspended deputy
commissioner of Ukhrul, Pankaj Kumar Pal, in connection with the case
and also the trial of the accused NSCN (I-M) cadres.

The NSCN (I-M) admitted that the crime
was masterminded by self-styled commanding officer of the outfit’s
Kiusumong battalion, H. Ningshen, and took the pledge to punish those
cadres involved in the crime.

“Given the stand taken by India against
terrorism, the Centre should hand over the culprits to the Manipur
government for a fair trial because the crime was committed within the
geographical boundary of Manipur,” the MPP leader demanded.

Chandramani Singh demanded that chief
minister Okram Ibobi Singh should convene an all-political party
meeting and send a delegation of the parties to Delhi to press for
taking the culprits into custody.

He charged that the triple murder was the
fallout of prolonged neglect by the Union home ministry and Manipur
government in curbing anti-social activities by NSCN (I-M) cadres in
the state.

Chief minister Ibobi Singh has been
camping in Delhi since yesterday to take up the triple murder issue
with the Union home ministry and other party leaders.

The chief minister is likely to meet home
minister P. Chidambaram and defence minister Pranab Mukherjee on the
issue, an official source in Delhi said.

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