Imphal, Jul 12: A JAC was formed this morning during a public meeting held at New Lambulane in connection with the killing of two youths from New Lambulane by a combined team of 115 Bn BSF and Imphal east commandos yesterday at the Tinsid road. As a first step the JAC has announced that it would be calling a general strike from tomorrow evening if the state government does not respond to its demands.
In the meantime, the dead bodies of the two Kuki youths identified as Limlenbert alias Bertneo Hangsing, 23, son of Khupminlien Hangsing of New Lambulane, a football player of Kuki Sporting Club, KSC, and Thangtinsei Kipgen, 29, son of Khukminlein of K Hengjang village in Seikul who is presently resident of New Lambulane, a second year student of LMS law college and also working as a production manager of JV Films, are still lying at the RIMS morgue as the family members and JAC have refused to accept them.
In the meantime, the convenor of the newly formed JAC, Rose Mangsi Haokip during a press conference held at New Lambulane this afternoon mentioned that the deaths had become a matter of great concern for everyone who knew them as innocent civilians.
Rose further said the killing was shocking as the people knew that both the youths were in no way associated with UG activities.
The JAC also demanded the state government institute a judicial inquiry into the extrajudicial killing of the two youths and immediately suspend the involved police commandos from service until the judicial inquiry is successfully concluded.
The JAC has decided to wait till 2 pm tomorrow for a positive reply from the state government failing which the JAC would constrained to call an indefinite general strike from 6 pm tomorrow. All essential services like education, electricity and health would be, however, exempted from the strike, the JAC convenor added.
Meanwhile, the fathers of the deceased youth disclosed during the press conference that their sons were totally innocent and did not associate with any militants. The charge that they were militants was quite unreasonable and appealed to the concerned authorities to avoid such killings in future.
Letkhai Kipgen, the father of the deceased Thangtinsei Kipgen, said his son remained busy in assisting various development activities of their village despite his tight study schedule, and it was quite impossible that he could have indulged in underground activities.
Later, Limlenbert’s father Khupminlien Hangsing said his son was a good footballer and was always practicing and attending football coaching every morning and evening. It would have been quite impossible for him to carry demand letters for underground groups. He went out with Thangtinsie yesterday morning for some work and on the way both were arrested by the police commandos and killed in a fake encounter, the youth’s father added.
Thangneo Misao, joint secretary, Kuki Sporting Club, mentioned at the press conference that the deceased Limlenbert alias Bertneo was an outstanding footballer and had played in several clubs like TYC, USA Khurai, YWC Thambalkhong and recently had started playing for the Kuki Sporting Club. The charges levelled against both the deceased were totally false and baseless and the state government must dispense true justice in this case to prevent occurrence of similar incidents in future, he added.
Later in the evening today, six members of the JAC led by its convenor Rose Mangsi called on the chief minister O Ibobi Singh’s residence but were unable to to meet him as he was attending an official programme. As a result it is quite certain that the JAC would go ahead with the indefinite statewide general strike from 6 pm tomorrow, a spokesman of the JAC said.
In the meantime, the Kuki Students’ Organisation, KSO, general headquarter, Kuki Women’s Union, Manipur Sadar Hills, Seikul and New Lambulane Welfare Committee, Imphal east district have expressed strong condemnation of the killings.
Statements from these organisations said that the allegation made by the police commandos in connection with the killings was just a ploy to mislead the public and cover their heinous crime. It was an open secret that the police commandos indulged in wanton killings by planting incriminating documents and arms and ammunition to implicate the victims, the bodies said while extending solidarity to any steps taken by the JAC in its fight for justice.