Massive protest rally held at Puiluan village; decries ‘terror bomb’

Imphal: A ‘public rally’ was held today at Puiluan village under Nungba subdivision today in protest against the alleged planting of explosive by a personnel of CRPF. The rally was organized jointly by Rongmei Naga Student Organosation Manipur (RNSOM), Rongmei Naga Council Manipur (RNCM), RNLPM, NAVAA and NAJAC under the aegis of the United Naga Council (UNC), the Naga Women Union (NWU) and the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM). The rally was entitled as “Public rally against the plot of planting terror bomb to kill the Naga people at Puiluan (Kambiron) village on September 24, 2022 by CRPF in connivance with Assam Rifles.”

The rally started from 11 am and marched along the road where Naga leaders, public and student community participated in large numbers.

A joint memorandum has also been prepared to be submitted to the Prime Minister of India. The memorandum will be submitted through the Manipur Governor on September 28, according to Naga leaders.

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Meanwhile, while strongly condemning the incident, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) reiterated the resolution adopted during the 2nd Federal Assembly held on March 12, 2022 at Kohima wherein the house resolved to firmly extend non-cooperation to Indian Armed forces until the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1958 is repealed from the “Naga homeland.”

The NSF, in a press statement, “condemns the failed attempt made by the Indian armed forces, through one of its personnel by the name of Thiyam Ashok Singh, a CID/GD of the 87th battalion of the CRPF of Kambiron to disrupt the peaceful and tranquil environment in the Naga homeland by planting an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) at the site where the program for renovation of Jadonang Memorial was going on at Puiluan village on September 24, 2022.”

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The NSF then said it was left to wonder as to how many such incidents had gone undetected in the past and how many “innocent Naga souls” were made to face the brunt of the armed forces atrocities for no fault of theirs. “It is convinced that this incident cannot be one isolated case as the Indian armed forces will have no qualms in victimizing the innocent civilians to meet their desired goal of creating chaos and confusions through dubious means, as exposed by the Puiluan incident,” the NSF added.

The NSF said it was relieved that the attempt to “cause death and grievous hurt” was thwarted by the vigilant women folks of Puiluan village. “It is truly hard to imagine the harassments and the hardships that the civilian populace would have to endure had the nefarious design of the armed forces succeeded. The Federation acknowledges and appreciates the women folk of Puiluan for their fearless role in preventing the worst from happening to our people by unravelling the evil plot,” it further added.

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