Condemnations over NH-39 incident continue to pour in
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 07: Rallies and sit-in-protest were staged by several voluntary and studentís organizations to protest the September 4/5 incident at Piphema in Nagaland.

Led by Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University Prof H Tombi Singh and participated by officials, teaching staff and students, a protest rally was held at the MU campus.

Later a meeting held at the campus resolved unanimously to press for adequate safety measures on both NH-39 and 53 and send copies to National Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Women.

Sit-in-protest was also staged by students of Manipur Baptist Convention Higher Secondary School, Adimjati English School, Adimjati High School, Lilasingkhongnangkhong High School, North Imphal Girls' High School, Sangai Higher Secondary School (Mantripukhri), Segon High School (Koirengei), Manipur Public School (Koirengei), Liberal College (Luwangsangbam) today to denounce the abominable Piphema incident.

All Manipur Women's Social Reformation and Development Samaj, Manipur Mahila Congress Committee and Meira paibi Mother's Association (Khurai Tidsid Road) will stage sit-in-protest against the criminal act on September 11.Manipur Forward Youth Front under the banner of a newly constituted 'Peoples Movement Committee Against Violation of National Highway' also comprising of Manipur Nupi Keithel Marup will burn effigies of LK Advani, Nagaland Chief Minister and looters at district headquarters tomorrow.

Condemnations from various circles over the conduct of the armed men also continue to pour in unabated.

Khurai Pana Apunba Lup condemning the incident pledged its support to any agitation launched by the people against the incident.

All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union denouncing the crime asked nagaland, Manipur and Central Government to tackle the problem of highway menace at the earliest.

It also demanded that all efforts should be made to arrest and punish the culprits.

Zeliangrong Youth Front (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) while condemning the heinous act perpetrated on the passengers urged all public leaders, student organizations, Churches and NGOs in both the State to fight unitedly to eradicate such frequent ills on the highway so as to allow safe passage for all.

Also demanding swift action to book the culprit by both State Government, a press release of the Front asked organizations concerned to clarify on the incident to avoid misunderstanding the suspicion of one another.

Respective Governments are also asked to chalk out joint strategies to keep the vital highway free of rowdies and anti-social elements.

Women's Action Committee, Singjamei Chingamakha Ibudhou Pokpa Lampak blamed the State and Central Government for inadequate security on the National Highways which ultimately emboldens miscreants to commit such crimes.

Meira Paibi Apunba Lup expressing concern on the growing instances of atrocities on innocent public on the two National Highways demanded resignation of the State Government for their utter failure to provide protection on the highways.