Chaoba moots memorial stones for Elizabeth
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, November 18: Describing eight year old Lungnila Elizabeth as a symbol of peace and unity, Lok Sabha MP Th Chaoba Singh expressed his desire to install memorial stones at all districts of the State.

Speaking to newspersons at his Babupara official residence today, Chaoba said in case State Government is not able to erect the statue of the little girl at all the districts he is more than willing to sanction requisite amount from the MP Development Fund for construction of memorial sites at the four valley districts.

Informing that construction of memorial sites from the MP Fund is not allowed under existing regulations, Chaoba said like done during the construction of Nupi Lan Memorial, he said a construction committee might be constituted through which needed amount could be earmarked.

While expressing sorrow at the tragic death of Lungnila the MP stressed that events leading to the kidnapping and subsequent murder of the school girl have instilled a sense of belongingness and unity among the people.

Compared to endeavors of several social and student bodies striving to unite the people, the issue of Lungnila has overshadowed all previous efforts to bring unity and such an occasion should not be ignored as unifying the people is an indispensable factor to cement the bond of love and brotherhood, he observed.

Referring to the arrest of suspects in connection with the kidnapping and the subsequent brutal murder, Chaoba asked the law enforcing machinery of the State to study all aspects before embarking on any arrest mission as the matter is highly sensitive.

A minor lapse in arrest procedures would put relatives as well as the apprehended individual at great risk as no amount of persuasion and appeals to the general public at the present juncture will convince them (public) to abstain from violent actions.

Keeping in mind the sentiments of the people arrest of suspects should be based on precise information and gravity of involvement of the suspect/s, he said.

Urging all concerned not to politicalise the issue, the MP nevertheless charged the SPF Government of failing to rescue a single abducted person, including a foreign national, from the clutches of armed outfits.

On the recent assault of NE train passengers at Bihar, the MP said Railway Minister Nitish Kumar would be apprised of the matter and urged to take up necessary measures to prevent recurrence of such condemnable acts.

He described the Bihari assaults of passengers as an act of barbarism which has no place in a democratic society.