Imphal, March 19
Kuki Students Organisation (KSO) General Headquarters today threatened to call statewide bandh demanding arrest and punishment of those culprits involved in the burning of paddy field and houses on March 16 evening at Chassad Village of Kamjong district in Manipur from midnight of March 20.
In a press meet held today at Kuki Inn here in Imphal, the leader of the KSO said that the organization is not happy over the state government failure to nab culprits involved in Chassad arson even after videos of those involved went viral in Social Medias. The KSO said that if the state government authority fail to arrest and book those culprits within 36 hour, the KSO will call statewide bandh from midnight of March 20.
On the other hand the Zillai (Vaiphei Students Association) General Headquarters expressed shock to the news about the burning down of Chassad village in Kamjong district of Manipur on March 16.
“It is learned that about 150 houses, including a school, and about 10 vehicles were reduced to cinders. The loss in terms of household items like furniture, utensils, clothes and others is beyond quantification”, a statement said.
It said that the inhumane act perpetrated upon the villagers of Chassad is deplorable, especially with security forces nearby. Such a barbaric act was supposedly a thing of the past, and that it could be executed in this twenty-first century is deeply disturbing, and deserves outright condemnation without mincing words, the statement added.
Showing solidarity to the villagers of Chassad the Zillai urged the State government to provide adequate protection to the village and also to provide relief and compensation commensurate with their loss besides rebuilding the village.
The association also urged one and all to come forward in helping the homeless villagers as they struggle to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, and show that compassion and benevolence is still alive in humanity.
Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]