IMPHAL, May 22: The Kuki National Front (KNF) cele-brated its 21st raising day at various places including at its GHQ, tactical HQs, K Battalion HQs. At tactical HQs, the celebration was held under the leadership of home secre-tary while the flag hoisting ceremony at the K Battalion was led by Pu S Lala, director of planning & development and land revenue, Govt of Kukiland.
After the flag hoisting by the home secretary, the celebration was followed by a mi-nute’s silence in remembrance of departed leaders and cadres of the outfit. Afterward, the anniversary cake cutting the home secretary also read out the Raising Day message of the Front’s president to the gathering. Apart from distributing sweets and other eatables, awards and mark of appreciations were also given to the cadres of the front who stood out from the rest in their respective field of activities at the occasion. The celebration concluded with all the invitees guests and people from the surrounding villages sharing the Raising day feast.
KNF clarifies on Tera Urak killing
IMPHAL, May 22: Coming out with a clarification in connection with the killing of Malsawm Vaiphei and Mayengbam Tomba on May 11 at Tera Urak Tamu-khong, information and publicity secretary of KNF LH Stephen has stated that Malsawm Vaiphei was a member of the led by John Vaiphei which is involved in various anti-social elements in collusion with some valley and hill based organisations.
On a number of occasi-ons, the Front has received various complaints against their activities from the people. So the mobile troops of the Front laying in wait to capture them when the troops came under fire from them. The mobile troops retaliated the firing and Malsawm Vaiphei was killed. Unfortunately, Ma-yengbam Tomba, an inno- cent passer-by was also killed in the cross-firing.
Issuing warning against other gang members inclu-ding the leader John Vai- phei to surrender to the Front at the soonest possi-ble, Stephen said, other- wise, they would be awar-ded capital punishment wherever they are caught.
The Front regretted the wrong information earlier given to the media by the eastern command LS Joel of the Front on the matter, Stephen said, adding that it was a misunderstanding and the Front regretted for any inconveniences that it may have caused to any one.
The Front also expressed its deepest regret and conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members of Mayangbam Tomba, Stephen said, while praying for the peaceful repose of the departed soul.
Source: The Sangai Express