Manipur : Student Body says cadres of KNO were behind July 31 Moreh Terror Attack

By M.Devanand Sharma

Imphal(Manipur) July 29 : The Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) has blamed the cadres of the armed Kuki National Organisation (KNO) as perpetrators behind the July 13 Moreh Terror Attack.

In a statement, the association blamed the concerned authorities for letting the perpetrators roam free in the streets carrying weapons and openly threatening the TSA Moreh Block President .

“Even as justice is still awaited in the Moreh terror attack on July 13 last , 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. They have not yet recovered from trauma but still live in constant fear as the attackers are still threatening Thong Minlun 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 added.

The statement further added that, “On July 13, 2018 at around 2 am, over ten heavily armed cadres of KNO 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 properties were destroyed and several vehicles damaged . The attackers, allegedly led by Ts Thangboi Haokip , Commander of Moreh unit of the KNO, fired over 100 rounds and lobbed several bombs at the houses.

Although 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 to speak out the truth freely regarding the incident”.

The TSA also stated that the cold blooded murder of a teenage girl student, Nengneingah Khongsai, was committed by KNO in Moreh on July 23 last.

The TSA also stated that the so-called peace banquet at Moreh on July 23 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 dismay over the governments silence over the attack and appealed to the Chief Minister of Manipur, to direct the security forces and other authorities concerned to take up necessary steps against the culprits of the attack and also provide compensation to the affected people.

“ We will be left with no option but to start agitations in an intensified manner until perpetrators of the crime are arrested and justice is delivered” , the statement added.

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