Such senseless act of killing at will professed by the Major is non-justifiable and is distorting the very fact that peace and harmony can prevail in a land where the Assam Rifles claim to be the “Friends of the Hills People” or the “Sentinels of the Northeast”, said the student body.
All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) condemned the killing of a Chalwa villager by an Assam Rifles Major in the “strongest terms”.
ATSUM, in a release on Sunday said that the student body was “shocked and deeply anguished” at the painful death of one Mangboilal Lhouvum, a resident of Chalwa village at the hands of 44 Assam Rifles (AR) posted at Gelnel Village under Kangpokpi District.
The tribal people of the land, while urging the Assam Rifles to exercise love and respect human lives, calls for justice in the killing of Mangboilal Lhouvum and at the same time appeal concerned authority for timely intervention and immediate action so as to avoid recurrence of such disgraceful act in future, ATSUM said.
“Such senseless act of killing at will professed by the Major is non-justifiable and is distorting the very fact that peace and harmony can prevail in a land where the Assam Rifles claim to be the “Friends of the Hills People” or the “Sentinels of the Northeast”
ATSUM asserted that it is opposed to homicide and cold blooded killings and denounce the high level belligerence of flaunting authoritative power by the Assam Rifles against tribal populace. It is lamentable that the immature judgment of this effete officer and the ferocity committed is an outright violation of human rights.
The “barbaric act” of central forces to take lives of innocent humans in the state in the behest of draconian law AFSPA is highly condemnable and it has to stop immediately, ATSUM asserted.
Maintaining that AFSPA has been time and again used by the central security officers to meet their selfish hunger for promotion and gallantry awards, ATSUM demanded that AFSPA should be repealed from the state as “it will be the only panacea for saving innocent lives of the state populace from the grasp of central forces brutality”.
On the night of June 4, 2021 at Chalwa village where the deceased Mangboilal, a father of four children and a daily wage labourer was shot at the abdomen “without any reason and rhyme” by Major Alok Sathe, commanding officer of E Company 44 AR Banglabung outpost, ATSUM said.
The release also mentioned that the office of ATSUM expressed solidarity to the victim’s family and prayed that Almighty God console the bereft family.