Khwairamband closes in protest, Elizabeth still untraced
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, November 09: The commercial hub of Imphal, Khwairamband bazar remained close today expressing solidarity with the public outcry raised against the kidnapping of Lungnila Elizabeth by unidentified persons even as condemnations against the kidnapping pouring in from various quarters are becoming more vocal by the day.

Lungnila, a class III student of Little Flower School, Imphal and daughter of GAD Minister Francis Ngajokpa was kidnapped by unidentified persons from near the school on November 4.All the shops and other business establishments in Paona bazar and Thangal Bazar downed shutters condemning the kidnapping of the young girl.

Ceasing their day's business, the woman vendors and shopkeepers of the market staged sit-in-protest at Shamu Makhong, Lakshmi Bazar, Purana Bazar, New Market.

Some of the women activists were even seen conducting loud-speaker campaign demanding safe release of the girl.

Talking to reporters, the women agitators informed that they would be resorting to different forms of agitation till the kidnapped girl is released safely.

Nupi Keithel Sinpham Amadi Saktam Kanba Lup also organized a meeting today and strongly condemned the kidnapping of the young girl and termed it an act of terrorism and demanded safe release of the child immediately.

Sit-in-protest and peace prayers were also held at many places for the release of the girl immediately.

Officers and staff of Imphal Treasury led by the Treasury Officer staged a sit-in-protest in front of the Imphal Treasury Office from 11 am to 3 pm today.

At Lamphel, women activists and members of Lamphel Quarters Women Welfare Association and Lamphel Recreation Sporting Club jointly organized a sit-in-protest demonstration in front of Tangkhul Baptist Church from 10 am to 2 pm and demanded the release of Lungnila.

Similar demonstrations were also held at Lamphel Super Market Complex under the aegis of Khwai Lamphel Women United Development Organisation and Lalambung Makhong Takhellambam Leikai Meira Paibi Lup, at Keishamthong Thangjam Leirak under the aegis of Keishamthong Thangjam Leirak Meira Marup and Keishamthong Thangjam Leirak Women's Association, in front of Shree Digambar Mandir under the aegis of Shree Digambar Jain Samaj, Manipur and along Dingku Road under the aegis of Nagaram Women's Society and Namdulong Women's Society.

The students and staff of Bethany English High School, Senapati also staged a sit-in-protest at the school compound from 10 am to 3 pm demanding the release of Elizabeth.

About 500 students took part in the demonstration, reports reaching here said.

At Chandel also students and staff of Oriental Academy held a sit-in-protest demonstration today in condemnation of the kidnapping incident and demanded the safe release of Lungnila, another report reaching here said.

Similar demonstration was also staged by the students and staff of Comprehensive School, Oinam by blocking half of Tiddim Road from 10 am to 1 pm today.

On the other hand, a Peace Day observance cum Prayer for the safe release of Lungnila Elizabeth was at Nirmalabas High School today.

The function was graced by Archibishop of Imphal Rev Joseph Mittathany.

In his speech, Archibishop emphasized that peace can be brought in the society only by removing the existing disparities.

Special peace prayers were also offered by the Bishop and the provincial of CMC Mother Sibi for the safe release of Elizabeth on the occasion.

Meanwhile, many organizations have demanded safe release of Lungnila while condemning the kidnapping incident which has evoke strong reaction both from within and outside the State.

Joining in the public outcry against the kidnapping of Lungnila, German National Edda Kirleis and Wolfgang Heinrich, both officials of Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED) and who have gone through the harrowing experience of being kidnapped by an underground organization during their visit to the State sometime back, in an e-mailed statement described the kidnapping incident as dreadful and inhumane act.

Victimizing such young children can never be justified in any way, there cannot of any justification ever, said, the statement said.

From own experience, we ourselves and our families and friends know the emotional strain and suffering such despicable acts cause to the victim, victims' family and friends, the statement, adding that they also know that strength and hope that lies in solidarity.

In a statement, titular king of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba and all the staff and officials of Royal Palace have strongly condemned the kidnapping and demanded that the girl should be release safely immediately.

Federation of Elementary School to College Teachers' Assn, Manipur said the kidnapping of a young girl like Lungnila was an uncivilized act and the action of the kidnappers should not be condoned by any organization and right thinking persons.

The teachers' body also warned of taking serious agitation along with other social organizations if the girl is not release at the earliest.

Zeliangrong United Clubs' Association, Manipur Valley while noting fear psychosis and mental disturbance the whole experience might create on the young mind of Elizabeth, has fervently appealed to the kidnappers to release the girl immediately.

Maram Area Catholic Association, Senapati has also condemned the ´┐Żbarbaric act´┐Ż of kidnapping the innocent child for ransom.

These organizations are Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur, Bishnupur District Council; United Muslims Council, Manipur; Culture Preservation Centre; Self Employed School Student Transporters' Welfare Assn; JAC Against the Killing of Th Tarpon Meitei; Churachand Higher Secondary School Students' Union; Keishamthong Bakui Women's Society; Taibang Sindam Maheikol, Khurai; Tarahei Youth Development Organization, Bala Embroidery and Tailor, Langol Housing Complex and Social Educational and Youth Cultural Organization have strongly condemned the kidnapping.

Naga People's Organization, Senapati District Women's Organization, Senapati District Women's Welfare Assn, Senapati District Students' Assn, governing body and staffers of MANEDA, Senapati, Private Schools' Assn, Senapati, Senapati NGO Forum, Manipur Pradesh Congress Seva Dal; Seva Bharati Manipur and Thangmeiband Apunba Nupi Lup (THANIL) have also joined in the condemnation chorus.