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Public condemnation grows in response to killing of innocent woman

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, July 17:

The Naga Students’ Federation in a press release condemns the cold blooded murder of Eli. M Lucy Marem, age 57, a Maring Naga Lady of Beaularham Village, Chandel district by the Arambai Tenggol group in collusion with the local Maira Paibis on July 15.
A Press release signed by the President and General Secretary of the NSF said, “The cowardly act perpetrated upon our harmless mother, despite having identified herself as a Maring Naga, is a direct challenge to the Maring Naga people in particular and the Naga people as a whole. The NSF would like to question the intention of the Arambai Tenggol Group and the Meira Paibis who colluded with the perpetrators of the dastardly act. The very act of bludgeoning to death an innocent lady speaks for how the perpetrator has systematically planned the ongoing ethnic violence in the state.”
While condemning the targeted hate crime in no uncertain terms, the NSF is convinced that the prevailing lawlessness in the state of Manipur is a creation of the present dispensation and that the individuals at the helm of affairs should be held accountable, it added.
The Federation demands that befitting actions are initiated against the perpetrators’ of the dastardly act by the authorities concerned as demanded by the United Naga Council and other Naga organizations.
World Meetei Council condemns the killing of an innocent lady Lucy Marem Maring at Keibi, under Lamlai Police Station, Imphal who had nothing to do with the present conflict on July 15.
A Press release by WMC said, “When we are in search of a peaceful solution, such inhumane act is not acceptable at all. WMC urges the police and the law-enforcing machinery to bring the culprits of the heinous crime to justice at the earliest. WMC expresses our deep shock and the pain we feel from this unpardonable act committed by inhuman people. We express our heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family. Let the noble soul of late Lucy Marem Maring rest in peace.”
Peace and Development Co-Ordinating Committee (PDCC) also condemns the killing of Lucy Marem Maring. In a Press meet organised by the PDCC at the Manipur Press Club today, N Bobi Singh, Secretary of the PDCC said, it condemns in the highest term the killing of Lucy Maring by unknown miscreants and commended the swift actions taken by the Manipur Police in apprehending the individuals involved in the incident. It warns of dire consequences if such incidents happen again within the jurisdiction of Khundrakpam Assembly Constituency. A two minute silence was also observed to pay homage to the departed soul.
The Naga Women’s Union strongly condemned the July 15 murder of Lucy Marem Maring of Narum (Beaulahram) Village, Chandel District.
The Naga Women’s Union said in a statement, “Naga Women’s Union (NWU) has been wholeheartedly advocating for Peace to be restored in the state since the start of the ongoing communal clashes.” The two warring communities were constantly asked and implored not to worsen the situation, but despite the Union’s and Nagas’ overall civility and care for humanity, our appeals were dismissed and our concerns were regarded as threats.”
The Union has been traumatised numerous times as a result of the recent riots in the state between Kukis and Meiteis, as our own Union’s members have been touched and dubbed the Victims in various events documented, it stated. Furthermore, it stated that the Union will not allow nor forget such barbarous behaviour against us, the press release added.
The Global Manipur Federation also expresses its profound grief and condemns the brutal and barbaric murder of Lucy Marem, a woman from the Maring Naga tribe and daughter of Marem Thoukhal from Beaulahram village in Pallel, Chandel District. A Press release by the Foundation said, “Lucy Marem’s tragic death marks yet another distressing incident of the victim of mob violence in the ongoing ethnic clashes between the Kuki-Zo and Meitei communities in the state of Manipur. This incident of mob violence serves as a somber reminder of the pressing need for peace, harmony, and understanding among the diverse ethnic groups residing in Manipur, as well as the inherent danger posed by such acts of violence committed by a group.
In a wave of condemnations against the escalating incidents of violence and loss of innocent lives, government authorities are grappling to bring the situation under control. The Young Sports Union Cum Library of Khurai Nandeibam Leikai and Khurai Puthiba & Nandeibam Leikai Ema Lup have added their voices to the growing chorus of outrage, expressing their condemnation over the alleged killing of an innocent woman in Keibi Heikak Mapal on July 15, 2023.
In official press releases, the organizations attributed the tragic incident to the actions of misguided individuals whose lack of sound judgment led to the brutal attack and subsequent death of the innocent victim. They urgently called upon the state government to launch a comprehensive judicial inquiry into the matter and ensure that the perpetrators face appropriate legal consequences. “The miscreants responsible for this heinous act must be held accountable,” the statement emphasized.
Expressing solidarity with the grieving family, the organizations pledged their support, offering assistance in any way possible. They also made a heartfelt appeal to the public, urging everyone to refrain from resorting to such acts in the future and to exercise caution given the gravity of the situation.
Furthermore, the organizations denounced the recent actions of Assam Rifles personnel against Ashang Kasar, a prominent advocate for peace in Manipur and the convener of the Forum for Restoration of Peace. The unfortunate incident, which occurred on July 14, involved allegedly blocking Kasar’s entry into his own home. The organizations strongly condemned this action and warned against any repetition, stressing that such behavior by the Assam Rifles would be viewed as an affront to the entire population.
As the number of senseless acts of violence continues to rise, the demand for justice and the need to ensure the safety of innocent civilians have become paramount. The pressure on government authorities to address these concerns and restore peace in the region has reached a critical point.
It may be mentioned that Lucy Marem, aged about 57 a resident of Narum village, Tengnoupal Sub-division was killed by armed miscreants at Keibi Heikak Mapal, Imphal East district in the evening of July 15 and is survived by her daughter studying in 10th standard. In this connection, the UNC has called for a 12-hour shutdown beginning 6 am to 6 pm today in all Manipur-Naga areas.

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