The Economic and Research Development Organisation (ERDO) on Sunday condemned ITLF for misinforming the public and alleging that guns and ammunition were transported on the Khongsang railway line on July 24.
ERDO maintained that it was all essential commodities that were transported on the Khongsang railway line and added that ERDO would be filing a Rs 2 crore defamation lawsuit against ITLF spokesman Ginza Vuazong for the allegation.
Speaking to the media on behalf of Thangal bazar traders at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, ERDO secretary Shanta Nahakpam pointed out that a Zero FIR had also been filed against the spokesman at Imphal Police for his outrageous allegation.
“The statement released by ITLF alleging the traders of transporting arms and ammunition into the state on July 24 is completely baseless and the traders strongly objected to this allegation,” he said.
He mentioned that the state government and traders had been playing an important role in striving to keep the state well-stocked during the crisis. ITLF’s move in trying to paint this in the wrong narrative is extremely condemnable, he added.
He stated that the essential commodities were for all the people in the state as such he advised ITLF not to commit such a blunder in the future.
He further warned that the traders would take necessary legal actions if such incidents continued while also appealing to keep the transporters plying on the highway neutral in the crisis.