Bodies hold meet on Wolfgang, JAC formed
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, April 08: Formation of a JAC, in-depth discussion on steps to secure release of abducted German national Heinrich Wolfgang and fervent appeals to free him without any pre-condition marked the emergency meeting of various NGOs and Church elders today.

Several speakers at the meeting expressed serious concern over the mental and physical strain Heinrich Wolfgang must be undergoing while in captivity.

While others described the abduction as violation of human rights and international law some speakers urged the abductors to release the social activist from Germany on humanitarian ground to avoid the State from being referred as terrorized zone in the international fora.

The meeting organized by All Manipur Christian Association was held at the Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak with vice president of the Association Fr Joseph Matan as the chairperson.

Delivering the welcome address, Manipur Baptist Convention general secretary Rev V Sithlou said the development has not only ashamed the State populace but tarnished the tolerant image of the country.

He also urged the general public to forward suggestions for securing the release.

AMUCO general secretary NC Khuman remarked that KLA had failed to abide by its commitment of releasing Wolfgang that the abduction is against International law and appealed to all the organizations to form united front to meet any eventualities.

Representing Kuki Mothers' Association Professor Rose Mangshi Haokip advocated making a final appeal for freeing the German national failing which non-violent agitation be resorted till Wolfgang is released.

Expressing concern over the fact that Wolfgang has been in captivity for 17 days and all positive development proving elusive, speakers representing Tangkhul Naga Long urged for initiating measures without putting the life of Heinrich Wolfgang at risk.

Negotiating team has been assigned to secure the safe release of the German national but so far the development is not so encouraging, said the United NGO's Mission secretary adding that Manipur, India and German Govts are in close touch.

Questioning the rationale behind the abduction, principle and integrity of the organization involved, UCM president Sapamcha Jadumani said identifying master brain of kidnapping the foreign national is also essential.

Con-ceding to the kidnapper's ransom, he said is an inconsequential matter as people would not hesitate to contribute their mite if the cause is genuine.

Volunteers for Village Development project director Jubiliate narrated his personal account of KLA asking him to bring Rs one crore for release of the German national when the kidnapping took place near Moirang Purel under Lamlai police station.

After a lengthy deliberation that also included speakers representing ACTSOM, KMCDO, North East Network, Naga Women Union, Kuki People for human rights, Village Women Coordinating Committee, Imphal west-1, meira paibi and churches leaders the meeting converged on formation of the united body called �JAC for the Safe Release of Dr Heinrich Wolfgang Through Peaceful means�.

While Rev V Sitlhou will be the convenor, a member each of Kangleipak Muslim Chanura Development Organization and AMUCO will function as co-convenors of the 13 member body.

The committee members will also engage in negotiation with KLA to secure Wolfgang's release.