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Manipur CM calls for communal harmony, assures justice in killing of Naga leader

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Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday appealed to all to live peacefully and maintain social harmony as Manipur is a beautiful land of diversity.

Addressing the first death Anniversary of (L) Athuan Abonmai at Tarung Village, Langol, here N. Biren Singh assured us that justice will be delivered in the Abonmai killing case and added that the case is under investigation by the National Investigation Agency and much detail cannot be divulged at the moment.

The Chief Minister also said that he strongly condemned the incident and that he will not tolerate violence.

Regarding the construction of a memorial park in Abonmai’s name, N. Biren Singh said the government will do the needful though it might take some time.

Identifying the late Abonmai to be a vocal leader who believes in the unity of Manipur and the welfare of the Zeliangrong people, the Chief Minister said Abonmai was close to him.

N. Biren Singh said he shares the grief and sorrow of the family, and the people and also expressed gratitude to the JAC for looking after and supporting the bereaved family during their time of sorrow.

He said let us respect each other and co-exist as one. Hill Areas Committee Chairman, Dinganglung Gangmei said taking the path of violence and hate because of differences in views or opinions will not bring progress to our society and nation.

In a matured democracy like India, where the concept of unity in diversity exists, there is no place for politics of hate and violence, he said.

He further sought cooperation and support of the people to the State in honour of Late Athuan Abonmai. Let us co-exist with communal harmony without disturbing the identity of other communities, he said.

The HAC chairman condemned every form of violence and added that no one has the right to take the law into their own hands. Abonmai, a prominent political leader, had openly opposed the NSCN(IM) and spoke against the organization just days before he was killed.

Exactly a year ago he had gone to Tamenglong to attend a function which the Chief Minister was addressing a function but he was taken away by suspected Naga militants and shot dead.

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