In the aftermath of the cold-blooded murder of four innocent farmers by Kuki Narco Terrorists, the JAC against the brutal killings of the four farmers on Saturday has granted permission for the post-mortem of the victims following an assurance in principle from Chief Minister N Biren Singh to convert their demands into action.
However, the JAC is steadfast in its decision not to accept the bodies until the chief minister personally visits the mourning families and reaches an agreement.
Following a meeting with the chief minister at his secretariat in Imphal, the JAC submitted a memorandum outlining nine charters of demand.
The tragic incident unfolded at Ningthoukhong Kha Khunou Maning under Bishnupur Police station, where a father-son duo working at a water supply, Oinam Bamonjao (60) and Oinam Manitomba (32), along with Thiyam Somendro (53) and Ningthoujam Nabadip (41), were mercilessly killed by Kuki militants on Thursday.
According to the convenor of the JAC RK (O) Tombisana, the incident took place nearly 10 minutes after the Sikh Regiment personnel deployed in the area reportedly left after seeking water for the water supply, amid mocking to supply the farmers with rice, milk and IMFC liquor.
The central forces were deployed after being permitted by the locals, keeping trust in the government that they will protect the villagers, she said, adding it is unfortunate that the central forces did not even attempt to retaliate back after the firing by Kuki militants.
Tombisana conveyed that the chief minister had assured to deploy IRB personnel in exchange of the central forces near the water supply and hand over the cold blooded murder case to the NIA or the CBI.
The charters of demand include justice for the victims, compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs for each deceased, and the assurance of a government job for the grieving family members.
It also called for the removal of central forces, inclusion of the Meetei community in the ST list and striking of Kuki-Zo from the ST list, and withdrawal of the SoO agreement with Kuki militants.
Additionally, the demands touch upon issues such as the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The JAC has given a 48-hour ultimatum for the government to fulfill these demands, warning of various forms of agitation in collaboration with civil bodies in Manipur if the stipulated time frame is not met.