Updated 21 Dec 2021, 4:41 pm
All houses in Motbung Model village are illuminated with lights and stars as every household decorate their house to celebrate Christmas.
However, one house in Motbung model village remains in dark as no decoration has been done by the family unlike before, conveying that they have no festive mood because three of their family members are still allegedly enduring injustice.
Former ATSUM leader Kakai Singsit said that it will be impossible for his family to celebrate Christmas under the present circumstances.
Demanding justice for the three arrested, Hentinseh Singsit, Henminlun Misao, and Seigoulun Singsit who had been put behind bars in connection with B Gamnom killing, Kakai Singsit has launched a ‘Fast Unto Death’.
An activist among the tribal community, Kakai Singsit is a relative of the arrested persons, and seeking justice to be delivered upon the three individuals as he claims they are innocent.
Speaking to the media, Kakai Singsit, who begins the hunger strike this Monday morning at his Motbung residence, said that this may not be the ideal time to protest because Christmas is around the corner and the whole world is in a celebrative or festive mood.
“Three of our family members, Hentinseh Singsit, Henminlun Misao and Seigoulun Singsit are still languishing in Sajiwa Jail for the past two months for a crime they did not commit,” Kakai said.
"Left with the little option, I have decided to undertake this fasting to show our strong resentment, indignation and unhappiness so that justice is delivered and the three of them are vindicated,” he added.
“For the umpteen times, we have enunciated their innocence with solid proof and evidence but to no avail, because justice seems only for the high and mighty or for people with clouts and influences. If we are rich or have resources, the three of them would have been released within a week but unfortunately this is not the case,” he said.
“Given the fact that the three of them are innocent beyond doubt, we had the high expectation that the various civil society organisations in the state, especially related to human rights will stand with us and spearhead the fight for justice but sadly our expectations turned to disappointment,” he added.
Questioning the alleged silence of the local MLA even after the lapse of two months "though the whole world knows that they are innocent,” Kakai Singsit said it is shocking that the local MLA chose to remain silent for reasons best known to him.
“If he cannot stand for the truth and fight for the innocent people of his assembly constituency, what is the meaning of his contesting the election?... I will fight till justice prevails upon the three innocent persons and if something happens to me, the government will be solely responsible,” he said.
First published:20 Dec 2021, 4:40 pm
KANGPOKPI district, Manipur