In wake of the state government’s failure to hand over the murder case of Ak Nonganba to the NIA, the JAC against his killing and six Ima lups on Tuesday resolved to launch different forms of agitation. However, they did not give the accurate date for launching the agitation.
The six Ima lups are Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup, Kangla MEI, Women Association for Socio Economic Development, Eramdam Kanba Apunba Lup, Porei Leimarol and Salai Apunba Nupi Lamjing Lup.
Speaking to the media at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal, Ak Shantibala, the mother of late Nonganba, said that the state government breaking its commitment to hand over the murder case to NIA is not tolerable.
It will be wrong if the government has any intention to close the case by ways of providing compensation, she said, adding, “I am not a mother who will accept cash for my son’s life. I am even ready to die for the justice of my son”.
“Please make the arrest of the accused Stephen, who is still at large, and hand over the case to CBI. I want justice,” she added.
Convenor of the JAC, Th Ashalata, said that as the state government had assured to handover the murder case to NIA, the family of late Nonganba had claimed his body and conducted his list rite.
Stating that there is information of trying to release the two main accused (Sonia and Moses) of the case on bail, she said it is very unfortunate.
Drawing the attention of the state government to handover the case to the NIA, she said, “Please don’t compel us to take up agitation and create havoc in the state”.
Body of Nonganba was found near Changoubung Village, beside west of NH-2 in Kangpokpi district on February 12 afternoon.
As per police report, the deceased was suspected to have succumbed to his grievous injuries after being brutally attacked with hard objects by some unknown persons and hence, a suo-moto case was registered at Kangpokpi police station.
During the investigation of the case, the police team had arrested one Moses (deputy kilonser of NSCN-IM) on February 13 and subsequently arrested another accused Thokchom Sonia of Kwakeithel Thokchom Leikai, Imphal West on February 17. At present both are serving judicial custody terms.
However, another prime suspect of the case, Stephen Dangmei, who is suspected to be the boss of Moses, is still absconding and yet to be arrested.