Aizawl: Meitei community residing in Mizoram on Thursday condemned the heinous act meted to the two ladies in public on May 4 during the ongoing violence in Manipur, the video of which surfaced recently.
A press release issued by the K Pradip Singh Kumar Singha, general secretary of the All Mizoram Manipuri Association (AMMA) said, “We strongly condemn such inhuman act perpetrated by some miscreants in the state of Manipur. This act of barbarism is unacceptable and we denounce such act with utmost force and determination. It is beyond imagination that such obnoxious and cruel crime was committed upon human beings by fellow human beings.”
The AMMA appealed to the government of Manipur to take decisive action, leaving no stone unturned and ensure justice to the victims and their families.
All the culprits who were involved directly or indirectly in this crime against humanity, regardless of to which community or organisation or group they belong should be immediately arrested, prosecuted and given harshest punishment under the law of the land without delay, the AMMA said.
The association also appealed to the government of India and the state government of Manipur to take visible and practical steps immediately for providing relief to more than 12,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) currently given shelter and sustenance by the government and the people of Mizoram and to create normalcy and conducive for their safe return to Manipur to live a normal life as before.
The AMMA echoed the sincere and heartfelt thanks of the Meitei community to Mizoram Chief Minister, Home Minister, Home Commissioner, churches and civil society organisations in the state for their sincere and endless efforts for the safe and secure stay of the Manipuris, residing in Mizoram, since violence broke out in Manipur from May 3.
Meanwhile, with the entry of 21 more IDPs from Manipur to Mizoram during the last 24 hours, the total number of IDPs of Manipur taking shelter in the state rose to 12,542 as of 5 PM on Thursday, state home department officials said.
The officials said that while 9,772 IDPs are staying with their relatives, friends or rented houses, 2,770 people are being lodged in 37 relief camps.
Assam border Kolasib district has the highest number of IDPs taking shelter at 4,428, followed Mizoram-Manipur border Aizawl and Saitual districts which host 4,244 and 2,951 people respectively.
The IDPs are taking shelter in all the 11 districts of the state, the home department officials added.