Imphal: Any individual or group involved in abduction and subsequent killing of Athuan Abonmai, ex-president of Zeliangrong Baudi will not be spared, chief minister N. Biren Singh said on Friday.
Speaking to reporters at his secretariat, Biren said Athuan Abonmai was a politician and social worker who always work for cordial relationship with hills and valley and for Manipur integrity.
The barbaric and cowardly act of killing of Athuan Abonmai is very unfortunate and highly condemnable. Anybody involved whether officials or civil society organization/s or undreground organisation will be booked and legal action will be taken against them, Biren said.
Being home minister (in-charge) of the state Biren apologises to the public for security lapses in connection with the incident.
He said the incident happened during the time he was inaugurating an oxygen plant and a 50 bedded hospital during his visit at Tamenglong on Wednesday.
He condemned the police personnel for not intervening while Athuan Abonmai was being abducted in broad daylight.
Sixteen police personnel including OC, SI and ASI have been identified for their grave misconduct and dereliction of duty and have been put under suspension, Biren said.
The state government has constituted a 3-member Ccmmittee headed by K. Radhashyam Singh, IPS, IGP (Int) to inquire into the incident leading to the abduction and subsequent killing of Athuan Abonmai on September 22. The committee will submit its report within one week without fail, he added.
“If there is any involvement of group(s) that are under ceasefire agreement with the government of India, then the case will be handed over to the NIA. The state government is in communication with the ministry of home affairs regarding the incident,” the chief minister said.
“The government will not tolerate any illegal activities. Combing operation has already begun to search the culprits and that the operation will continue till all the involved persons are arrested,” he added.
He said the state government shares the pain and sorrow of the family members and relatives of Athuan Abonmai.
The state Cabinet will decide on providing ex-gratia to the next of kin and also extend all possible assistance to the bereaved family members, he added.
Various civil society organisations condemned the killing of Athuan and demanded to book the culprits.
The Zeliangrong United Front expresses surprise and condole the demise of former president Zeliangrong Baudi(AMN) Athuan Abonmai on september 22. Athuan was supposedly murdered by some unidentified miscreants. ZUF demanded that the reason behind the murder may be established and justice delivered to the bereaved family and relatives, it added.
Condoling the demise of Athuan Abonami, Liangmai Naga civil organisations appealed the law enforcing agencies to take immediate action so as to prevent recurrence of such ‘disgraceful act’ in future.
In a joint release on Thursday, Liangmai Naga Council, Eastern Zone, Eastern Liangmai Chief Chairman Association and Ahangruak Chief Chairman Association urged the people to exercise love and respect human lives and called for delivering justice to the killing of Athuan Abonmai.
The Kuki National Organisation (KNO) condemned the ‘cowardly act’ of assassination that ended the life of a brave leader.
In a message on Thursday, KNO said, “it is a great shame that NSCN (I-M), which seeks justice in the name of Christ should act in such a contradictory and cowardly manner against a civilian.”
In the release, the KNO also cautions the government of India to closely re-examine the political claims of the NSCN-IM before finalising any deal with them, taking note of their modus operandi of threats and killings against any leader of communities they forcibly want to subdue under Naga political identity.
United Committee Manipur (UCM) demanded the state government to bring out the fact in connection with the death of Athuan Abonmai.
It is unfortunate that such incident could happened in the midst of public gathering with tight security around it, UCM said.