IM cadres accused of bid to rob bus, assaulting AMSU functionary

IMPHAL,4th Sep: Four individuals, who identified themselves as cadres of NSCN-IM, assaulted All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) general secretary Soibam Anil and tried to loot a passenger bus at Nungba market on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, questioning the failure of the government to maintain law and order along the highways and demanding arrest of the assailants within 72 hours, AMSU has warned of intense agitation if the government fails to arrest the assailants.

Informing this to media persons at AMSU head office here on Tuesday, AMSU president Manjit Sarangthem said that on Monday the bus which was full of AMSU members, musicians and renowned singers of the state was returning to Imphal after attending a programme of All Assam Manipuri Students’ Union (AAMSU) at Silchar. As they reached Nungba market at about 7.41 pm, four persons including two with masks stopped the bus and demanded Rs 500 from each of the passenger by threatening them.

Identifying themselves as NSCN-IM cadres and claiming that Nungba market is in Nagaland, the four intimidated them for attaching a flag written as Manipur on the bus. They then asked all the passengers to come down and stand on the road in single file. When they tried to enter the bus, the AMSU general secretary tried to talk with them only to get assaulted by the four.

As mother of one of the female singers requested them to let them go, the four pushed her away while threatening to kill all including women. Unfortunately, none of the people in Nungba market came to their rescue or even intervened though there were plenty of them around, he lamented.

Even though NSCN-IM has been in peace talk with the Centre, the UG group has been looting vehicles and passengers and threatening many along the highway. Despite such act of terrorism by a UG group in peace negotiation, the government has been remaining as a silent spectator, which indirectly encourages the IM cadres to carry out their crimes without any fear. AMSU can no longer tolerate such criminal activities of NSCN-IM, Manjit said, while demanding the government to take appropriate measures so as to prevent such criminal activities along the national highways.

He also warned of launching intense forms of agitation if the government fails to arrest the four assailants within 72 hours. Meanwhile, All Assam Manipuri Students’ Union (AAMSU) has strongly condemned the assault of AMSU functionaries and some artistes by suspected cadres of NSCN-IM at Nungba bazar merely for carrying the flag of Manipur on a bus. AAMSU also demanded action against perpetrators of the crime.

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