The Naga Peoples’ Organisation (NPO) Tahamzam, Senapati and the Senapati District Students Association (SDSA), while expressing deep concern over the mysterious disappearance of two Meitei boys on Sunday, have condemned the act of placing the mobile phones of the two missing boys near a petrol pump in Senapati.
The Naga Peoples’ Organisation (NPO) Tahamzam, Senapati is extremely annoyed by the dastardly act of some miscreants who intentionally dropped the cell phones of the two missing Meitei youths Anvish Maibam (16) and Ningthoujam Anthony (19) at Senapati District HQ, the organisation stated in a release.
This deceitful act is intended to drag the Nagas and flare up misunderstandings between different communities, the NPO said, adding that the Nagas of Senapati have been constantly nurturing neutrality, but unscrupulous miscreants tend to scapegoat those not involved.
This diabolic ploy to mislead the public is out rightly condemned by the NPO, Senapati, and shall not leave any stones unturned to find out the culprit and befitting punishment be mated out, the organisation stated.
The NPO, Senapati stated that it is upholding the standing resolution No.2 dated May 5, 2023, of the Joint meeting of the Tribe Hohos and the Executives of NPO, that “No Meitei or Kuki should create any problem in Senapati District. The NPO will continue to extend logistical support to both the Meitei and Kuki who are stranded”.
The NPO through this communiqué sternly reminds the warring communities to refrain from dragging the Nagas into the conflict, it stated.
The office of the Senapati District Students Association (SDSA), while expressing its deep concern over the mysterious disappearance of two Meitei boys, said it is disconcerting to know that the mobile phones of the missing boys were found placed near a petrol pump in Senapati. This has created a high sense of mistrust and misunderstanding between different communities, it said.
Though the state of Manipur has been reeling from the ethnic conflict between two rival ethnic groups for the past few months, the Nagas have so far been maintaining a neutral position and have been advocating and appealing for peace, and for normalcy to return to the state as everyone is suffering due to the conflict. However, the act of planting the phones of the missing Meitei boys in our Naga area seems like a deliberate ploy to implicate the Nagas and drag us into the ongoing ethnic conflict, the SDSA said.
This is a very cowardly and a very shameful act and we condemn it in the strongest term possible. We will not tolerate such acts of manipulation and frame-up, the student body said.
It then urged the concerned authorities to look into this and investigate the matter without any bias and leniency. We assure of our utmost support in the investigation and shall leave no stones unturned to bring the culprit to justice, the SDSA said.