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NSCN law for SDO killer - Manipur panel rejects outfit's verdict on cadre

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Imphal
  • Published 16.05.09
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Imphal, May 15: A “sentence” handed by the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) to a cadre who had killed Ukhrul subdivisional officer Thingnam Kishan was rejected by a Manipur action committee which wants the culprit to be punished according to the “law of the land”.

The Naga outfit yesterday announced in Dimapur that a “court martial” found “Lt Col” Hopson Ningshen guilty of “abduction, illegal detention and killing” of Kishan and two subordinate staff.

The outfit terminated Ningshen’s services and sentenced him to seven years of rigorous imprisonment.

Kishan, who was posted at Kasom Khullen of Ukhrul district, was abducted along with Y. Token Singh and A. Rajen near Ukhrul town by unidentified gunmen on February 14.

Their mutilated bodies were recovered three days later in Senapati district.

Three other subordinate staff who were abducted were let off by the kidnappers.

The killings caused an uproar and the NSCN (I-M) finally admitted that its cadres were involved in the abduction and killings.

“We do not accept the verdict of the NSCN (I-M). The culprits should be tried and booked under the law of the land. They should be handed over to the Manipur government,” Salam Token, chairman of the action committee protesting the SDO’s killing, told the media today.

The action committee also rejected charges levelled against Kishan by the NSCN (I-M).

While announcing the court martial verdict, the outfit said Kishan had ignored repeated warnings against running his office from Imphal and corrupt practices.

The committee said the NSCN (I-M) was fully involved in the murder and that Kishan was killed over monetary demands.

The NSCN (I-M) had allegedly demanded Rs 2,68,676 as “royalty tax” from the fund of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme allocated to Kasom Khullen block, the action committee said.

Th. Rainam, “finance in-charge” of Wung Tangkhul Region of the NSCN (I-M) served the demand letter on July 7 last year to Kishan.

He also served a reminder on a later date. Copies of the demand letters were distributed among reporters today.

The action committee announced that it would hold a public interface on Sunday at Kangla auditorium where community leaders will decide the future course of action.

A declaration would be submitted to Governor Gurbachan Jagat and chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, the committee said.

Protests had earlier prompted the chief minister to place Ukhrul deputy commissioner Pankaj Kumar and superintendent of police L. Dorjee under suspension for dereliction of duty.

The government also handed over the case to the CBI.