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NSF demands action against Manipur Commandos

KOHIMA: The NSF today asked Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh to terminate the service of the duty officer-in-charge involved in the assault of its members in Imphal on February 14. NSF has also called for the suspension of all police personnel involved in the incident.

The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) made this demand in a memorandum submitted to the Manipur Chief Minister contending that it is imperative to “set exemplary punishment to the security personnel who instead of providing security to the general public were rather involved in terrorizing them.”

The contents of the memo, which were released to the media by NSF President Subenthung Kithan and Asst. General Secretary Kesosul Christopher also called for an official public apology to the Federation over the incident.

The Chief Minister must also give his assurances to “provide safety and security of the Nagas and Naga vehicles in and around the Valley areas,” it further demanded.

Narrating the chain of events leading to the incident, the NSF alleged that a team of Manipur Police Commandos stopped and roughed up its official delegates on the morning of February 14, at Mantripukri, Imphal. The NSF delegates were on their way to attend the Lui-Ngai-Ni at Ukhrul.

The delegates were verbally abused “on communal lines”, accused of creating problems in the valley and threatened with physical assault, NSF claimed.

They even physically assaulted one of the officials and snatched away their phones, the NSF alleged adding that the harassment continued for almost one and half hour till one of its Federating Units’ President and a senior social activist stopped over after noticing the vehicle in which the officials of the NSF were travelling.

At one time the duty officer-in-charge called for reinforcement and subsequently another duty party arrived at the spot where the NSF officials were forced again to get into the police truck, which the NSF officials resisted, it informed.

“Given that cases of fake encounter making news headlines, the motive of the duty officer to forcefully take the NSF team to a secluded place is highly unscrupulous and very much questionable,” it maintained.

Demanding that the Chief Minister intervene and set exemplary punishment, the NSF cautioned that if the Government of Manipur fail to take due consideration of the matter within 7 days on receipt of the memo, it will be compelled to initiate “its own course of action.”

“In case of vexatious fallout, Manipur Government will be held solely responsible,” it warned.

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