Imphal, July 29,
Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) points finger to cadres of the armed Kuki National Organisation (KNO/KNA) as perpetrators to the July 13 Moreh Terror Attack.
In a statement, the association blamed the government authority for letting the perpetrators roam free in the street carrying weapon and also threatening the TSA Moreh Block President till today.
“Even as justice is still awaited in the Moreh terrorist attack of 13 July 2018, we are seriously concerned about the situation in the aftermath of the incident and the safety of TSA Moreh block president, Thongminlun Haokip, his family, including his pregnant wife and two children below five years of age, and others. They have not yet recovered from trauma but still live in constant fear as the attackers are still threatening and hunting for Thongminlun even after the attack’, the statement said.
It is only natural that victims of terrorism and violence will not feel safe as long as the perpetrators are let free to roam on the streets and carry on their terrorist activities.
The statement further added that, “On July 13, 2018 at around 2 am, over ten heavily armed cadres of the (KNO/KNA), fiercely attacked several houses at Gamnom Veng in Moreh Ward Number 2, belonging to Thongkhomang Touthang, Chongkholun Lhungdim and (L) Onkholet Haokip. They also assaulted Paokhogin Haokip and many properties were destroyed and several vehicles destroyed. The attackers, allegedly led by Ts Thangboi Haokip alias Thahpi, a Moreh resident and Moreh commander of the KNO/KNA, fired over 100 rounds of gunfire and lobbed several bombs into the houses. Although miraculously no one was seriously injured in this attack, it has sent shockwaves and fear psychosis in the minds of the people. Even local CSOs are now frightened of speaking out the truth freely regarding the incident but toeing the line of the attackers for fear of reprisal”.
The TSA also stated that the so-called peace banquet at Moreh on 23 July between the KNA and UKLF in the presence of several CSOs of Moreh, has nothing to do with the demands and agitation in connection with the July 13 Moreh terrorist attack.
Both KNA and UKLF, are under SoO with the govt.
The TSA also expressed dismayed over the government silent over the attack and appeal the Chief Minister of Manipur, to direct the security forces and other authorities concerned to take up necessary stern actions against the culprits and the masterminds of the attack and also provide compensation for the destroyed properties and damaged vehicles in the attack at the earliest in public interest.
“Otherwise, we will be left with no option but to renew the agitations in an intensified manner until perpetrators of the crime are arrested and justice is delivered” , the statement added.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.