Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Two slain, police claim one was NNC other PULF

IMPHAL, May 27: The family of a slain man today refused to receive his dead body lying at the morgue refuting the police charge that the person was a militant and killed in an encounter on Sunday night.Police said the identity of the youth killed by Imphal west commandos late evening on Saturday at Langol Tarung village was established today as that of a member of the Naga National Council (NNC).In another protest rally over the killing of another youth Md Abdul Wahid, 29, from Porompat Thawanthaba Leikai in Imphal east, protesters rubbished the police allegations against the slain youth insisting he was an innocent man.Earlier a sit-in protest was also staged by the local womenfolk under the banner of the JAC against the Brutal Killing of Md WahidMention may be made that a youth who was later identified as one Md Abdul Wahid, 29, son of Md Barik hailing from Porompat Muslim Leikai was shot dead by a team of Imphal east commandos at Keirao Manjor Leikai under Irilbung police station on last Sunday night at around 11.30 pm. Police who suspect the youth was a cadre of the militant group People`s United Liberation Front, PULF, said that they recovered a 9 mm pistol with some live ammunitions in it and a letterhead of the militant outfit, PULF from the slain man.The dead body was lying unidentified at the RIMS morgue where police deposited it after retrieving it from the encounter site.According to locals, family members at first could not recognize the deceased as the clothes he went out of home in were found changed. Wahid wore a lungi and a black colour inner shirt when he went out from home on the fateful night, according to the family members. But the dead body at the morgue which was later confirmed to be Wahid`s was dressed in trousers and an orange colour T-shirt.Contradicting the police claim that Wahid was a suspected PULF cadre, the families and locals said that the slain youth was an innocent man earning a livelihood by running a passenger service auto-rickshaw. He was the main breadwinner of the poor family after his father expired many years back, locals said.He went out in a lungi at around 8 pm in the night, after he informed the family that he had received a call through his mobile phone from his friend Santosh from Thangmeiband Yumnam Leikai asking to meet him.Wahid was carrying three mobile handsets for reselling, said the family. He was doing a small time business in selling second hand mobile handsets, they added.Today`s rally marched towards the chief minister`s bungalow as usually done by the protestors in the state to submit a memorandum demanding appropriate action against the personnel involved in the killing of Wahid.Placards displaying slogans like, `Punish the killer police commandos`, `We condemn brutal killing of Wahid`, `We want justice in the killing of Wahid`, etc. were also carried by the protestors.Police blocked them at Sanjenthong before reaching the chief minister`s bungalow and allowed only some representatives of the local joint action committee formed in connection with killing of Wahid to proceed.In the memorandum, the JAC demanded legal action against the personnel involved in the killing of Wahid, payment of Rs. 10 lakhs considering that he was the breadwinner of the family and an appropriate government job to a member of the family.They also said that till the government fulfilled their demands the dead body would not be received. In the memorandum they also threatened to launch several forms of agitations with the support of civil bodies in Manipur.On the other hand, the identity of the suspected militant who was killed during an encounter with a team of Imphal West police commandos at Langol Tarung under Lamphel police station on May 25 night was established today by the family at RIMS morgue.He was member of the Naga National Council, NNC, named Chahotliangbao Abonmei alias Chahotbao, 35, son of A Paonambao of Tamei sub-division.According to the family source, the deceased was a member of the NNC outfit and now leading a normal life by doing small timber business. He is survived by his wife and six children.The locals of Langol Tarung, in the meantime, staged a dharna against firing of guns in the populated area.
(Courtesy: IFP)

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