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HSO, TSA condemn killing of student leader, demand justice

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Imphal, June 24: The Kukis in general and the Haokips in particular are shocked and saddened by the cold blooded murder of Pu Letkholal Haokip@ Palal, President of the Haokip Students’ Organisation, GHQ (HSOGHQ) by unknown gunmen on Friday. A statement of General Headquarters HSO said Letkholal Haokip was shot and killed by three armed motorcycle borne men at his residence located at National Games Village, Imphal West on the fateful evening of June 23. The HSO-GHQ condemned the “dastardly and cowardly act” in the strongest terms and demanded the state government for immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the murder. It also questioned the safety of the life of people under the BJP led government in present Manipur where even a peace loving student leader has been murdered. “The Kukis in general and HSO in particular will not remain silent over the gruesome murder of our student leader if the government fails to book the culprits under the law of the land. Therefore, we request the state government to avoid repercussion,” HSO said. The organisation also warned the coward murderers, be it gangsters or UGs that no stone will be left unturned “for justice of our beloved president.” It said that Haokip politicians, social workers and officers have been contributing a great deal towards peaceful coexistence of the people of Manipur and overall development of the state before and after Manipur’s statehood. However, it is regretful to note that several promising young leaders of Haokip clans have been murdered in cold blooded in the recent past and that the BJP led state government has not done enough to book the culprits to deliver justice to the bereaved people and families, HSO said. “The HSO mourns the untimely demise of its brave and outspoken president and prays for heavenly solace and comfort to his bereaved family members especially his widowed wife and young son,” the organisation added. It added may the dear departed soul rest in peace. HSO requested all like-minded civil society organisations in general and student organizations leaders of Manipur in particular not to remain silent over the cold blooded murder of a fellow student leader. TSA condoles death of ex- TSA leader Palal Haokip The Thadou Students’ Association – General Headquarters (TSA – GHQ) condoled the untimely death of its former leader (Secretary, Information & Publicity) and current president of HSO, Letkholal Haokip alias Palal who was shot to death on the night of June 23 at his home at National Games Village in Imphal West district. TSA in a statement condemned the killing and urged the perpetrators of the crime to own up responsibility and spell out the reason for the killing. “TSA is seriously concerned about the frequent killings and violence in the state and would like to appeal to everyone to settle in a peaceful manner when there are discords and problems,” the statement said. “We pay our respect and heartfelt appreciation to the late Palal for his valuable contribution to the cause of Thadou community while serving as a TSA leader. It is because of the commitment of Thadou student leaders such as Palal that TSA is able to progress till today,” it said. “We share the grief and anguish of the bereaved family and pray that the departed soul rests in peace and the peace of the Lord be with the loved ones of late Palal,” the statement released by TSAGHQ information and publicity department secretary Laljangam Hangshing. Meanwhile, the KSO-GHQ informed that there will be mourning on the death of HSO president Letkholal Haokip from 1 pm till 6 pm of Saturday at every branch offices of the student body across the state.

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