Imphal, Sept 23:
The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee today demanded institution of Judicial Inquiry by not less than a sitting High Court Judge, within 24 hours to the assassination of social activist Athuan Abonmei who was abducted in broad daylight amidst security arrangement from Pologround of Tamenglong district headquarter and later found killed in the evening around 30 km from the spot. Late Athuan Abonmei, a fearless outspoken activist and a critic of NSCN-IM was waiting for Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and his cabinet colleague to attend the “Go-To-Hill 2.0” mission when he was abducted by some gunmen suspected to be cadres of the NSCN-IM.
Working President of the MPCC I. Hemochandra while condemning such killing asked the government – where is the law and order. He said that a civilian was abducted by gunmen from a place where the chief minister of Manipur was attending a state function. When a civilian can be abducted from a well-guarded place, then where is the security of the general public. Hemochandra not only question the security of the general public but asked the security of the Chief Minister himself as it happened from the place where he has been attending.
“When gunmen can enter and abduct civilian from the place where the Chief Minister is attending then it compromises the security of the Chief Minister Himself too”, former Minister Hemochandra said adding that there needs an immediate independent judicial enquiry into the incident. He said this as the incident itself is a clear example of security lapses that needed to be investigated at the earliest.
Another working President of MPCC K Meghachandra, who is also the Spokesperson of the MPCC said that police officer and other security forces present at the ground should take sole responsibility for the killing of Athuan Abonmei.
Both the working president said that the MPCC said that the assassination of Athuan Abonmai, the voice of the unity and integrity of Manipur, must be taken with utmost seriousness as the martyrdom of Athuan Abonmai can’t go into insignificant history.
Meghachandra added that the Congress party salutes the fearless voice of Athuan Abonmai. His loss is the historic loss for the entire Manipur.
He said Congress demands that DM and SP of the district concerned must be sacked within 24 hours, and both should be held responsible for the loss of Abonmai’s life.
The Congress also demanded that DGP of Manipur must explain what has led to the failure of non-responsiveness to the FIR lodged by Abonmai’s son at Lamphel Police Station, why and how the police and district administration could not prevent the abduction of Abonmai in a broad daylight from a government event in full public glare.
The MPCC considers that the broad daylight assassination of Abonmai is a ground reflection of the total failure of the Home Department, CID, Crime Branch, and State Intelligence Bureau in the state, Working president of MPCC I Hemochandra said.
He added that the incident of such brutality and inhumanity has never ever taken place in history to silence a democratic and fearless voice that always stood for the uncompromising unity and integrity of Manipur.
The MPCC spokespersons further said that bullets can’t silence the true sons and daughters of Manipur. Many Abonmais will be born to follow the philosophy and ideology of martyred Athuan Abonmai.
Congress said that the entire state government of Manipur has completely failed to protect the precious life of our true son of Manipur and our beloved brother, Athuan Abonmai.