The Devalaya Committee of Thangal Bazaar strongly condemned the killing of two innocent students by suspected Kuki militants and urged the authorities concerned to book the culprits.
A member of the committee Anjan Kumar Das was speaking to media during candle lighting ceremony in commemoration of the killing of the two students namely Hijam Linthoingambi and Phijam Hemanjit held at Kalibari in front of Kali Mandir, Thangal Bazaar on Saturday.
The members of the committee along with other non-Manipuris commemorate with candle lighting and floral tribute on the portrait of the two students.
Das said the members of the committee strongly condemned the killing of the two innocent students and urged the state, central government and the agency who is handling the case to find out the bodies and book the culprits involved in the crime.
He further appealed to the state and Central government to solve the present crisis in order to bring back normalcy in Manipur.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People’s Forum (IPFM), Manipur on Saturday denounced in its strongest term the cold blooded murder of two students purportedly by Kuki militants.
in a release on Saturday said that “We are deeply devastated, heartbroken and saddened by the ugly turn of events in our beautiful state of Manipur. The law-abiding denizens of Manipur are extremely saddened by the barbaric, inhuman and tragic killing of the duo on the first part of July, 2023”.
“Words are inadequate to express our profound grief and sorrow over the untimely demise of these young promising lad and a girl whose lives have been cut short by these unforeseen circumstances. The loss of these two precious lives have taken the state by storm with the students fraternity supported by Meir Paibis vehemently protesting against the killing of the duo as the state government is unable to book and arrest the perpetrators of these heinous crimes”, it mentioned.
It recalled that as reported earlier both Hijam Lingthoingambi and her friend Phijam Hemanjit went missing on July 6, 2023 after they went out of home for a coaching class. Both families filed a missing person report with Imphal West district Police. It added that the massive protests prompted the sudden visit of CBI Special Director to Imphal with mobile data service shut down again.
The Manipur Indigenous People’s Forum fervently implored both the two warring communities to shun violence and seek peace at the earliest as there is no winner but everyone a loser in a war. Further, the forum prays unceasingly for the return of peace, prosperity and equanimity to the state of Manipur.