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‘IM should reciprocate positively’
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 15: Admitting that neither the Government of Manipur nor the Nagaland Government and the Union Home Ministry have approached him to press the NSCN (IM) to hand over prime suspect in the killing of Lungnila Elizabeth, James Kuki, Chairman of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group, Lt Gen (Retd), RV Kulkarni in a telephonic talk with The Sangai Express today however said that the NSCN (IM) should not forget the action of the Manipur Government in releasing its home minister AK Lungalang and reciprocate accordingly.

The retired army officer said that if James Kuki is found guilty by the NSCN (IM) then he should be forthrightly handed over to the Government of Manipur as he is the most wanted man of the State at the moment.

The Chairman of the CFMG further said that as the matter does not concern the cease-fire ground rule, there is not much that his office can do.

He however expressed firm hope that the NSCN (IM) will respond positively and hand over the suspect to the Manipur Government so that he can be tried according to the law of the land.

If James Kuki and associates are found guilty then they should be booked accordingly, he asserted.

Kulkarni further said that it would do wise for the NSCN (IM) not to forget the tremendous public co-operation that was extended and which led to the arrest of the wanted man.

Meanwhile even as the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate had given a month's time to the police to trace six suspects against whom non bailable warrants have been issued, the police have not been able to sniff out a single one of them till date.

The returnable date of the non bailable warrants expired today.

Following the expiry, the police returned four of the six warrants issued earlier.

The four returned warrants were against O Deben of Sagolband Khamnam Leirak, S Surjit of Kyamgei Maning Leikai, N Loya presently staying at Lamphel Sana Keithel and Tuithang A Shimray of Tasar village, Ukhrul, disclosed a source.

Investigating officers of the other two suspects, Mr King of Kangpokpi and A Doren have not intimated anything to the ACJM today.

Following the failure of the police to produce any of the suspects, the ACJM has asked the IOs concerned, the OCs and Process Servers to appear before the Court on February 10.The six suspects were named by Th Nando who is currently in police custody.

In the meantime the District and Sessions Judge has rejected an anticipatory bail sought by Tuithang A Shimray, another well placed source said.





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