The Senapati District Women Association (SDWA) on Tuesday condemned the act of unknown miscreants who “dropped the cellphones” of the two missing meetei youths, namely Avinash Maibam, and Ningthoujam Anthony in Senapati district headquarters.
The SDWA, in a release, decried the incident and alleged that it was an attempt to create hatred and mistrust in the district headquarters. It warned to refrain from “dragging the Nagas into ongoing ethnic conflict.”
It also urged the state government and law enforcing agencies to immediately tackle the issue and clear the air of confusion created by the same. It further appealed to the authorities concerned to keep a strong vigilance in the district.
In another statement, Rikhumai Taphou village comprising of its Village Authority Council (RTVAC), the Rikhumai Taphou Youth and Students’ Organisation (RTYSO) and the Rikhumai Taphou Women’s Society (RTWS) also vehemently condemned the unfortunate act of “dropping of phones” of the two missing teens near the petrol pump under Rikhumai Taphou’s jurisdiction.
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RTVAC chairman P Johna lamented that such a cowardly act with ulterior motive has deeply created a trust deficit between different communities living harmoniously for years while also maligning the good image of the village and the people, it stated.
It appealed to the concerned law enforcing agency to thoroughly investigate the matter and also urged to book the perpetrators involved and award them befitting punishments.
Meanwhile, the Mao Taphou Village Authority Council, in a separate release also condemned the act of placing the youths in its jurisdiction on Monday.
“Such an act is solely intended to create disharmony and disturb the peaceful environment of the village,” it said. It warned that the Mao Taphou Village Authority Council, Mao Taphou Women Society and Mao Taphou Youth and Students’ Organization will not remain mute to such acts and activities.
The village authority takes it as a serious issue and expressed hope that such acts will not be committed in the village jurisdiction again, it mentioned.