Shamurou villagers protest killing of a headmaster in ManipurJanuary 6th, 2009 - 11:05 pm ICT by ANI
Samurou (Manipur), Jan.6 (ANI): Many underground groups, whose identities are yet to be known, have become a headache for local residents in Manipur villages. People here see no end to volatility in the trouble-torn State.
Some unidentified persons recently shot dead the headmaster of a school here which left his students, colleagues and family members devastated.
Moirangthem Ibomcha Singh, 46, was the headmaster in-charge of the government-run Haoreibi High School at Samurou Naorem Lamkhai.
The killing has left the affected family to now focus on survival. But the family members wish to know for what reasons their head was targeted.
“Who will now look after our family? Who will feed us? My father looked after the welfare of the house. What do we do now that he is no more? I am still studying. Who will take care of us now? We are worried about our future,” said M. Kamaljit Singh, the son of the victim.
“My innocent brother has been killed mercilessly. Why is this so? Is their aim just to kill innocent civilians? Therefore we ask the militants to think about the welfare of the public,” said M. Lokshwor Singh, the victims brother. Following the killing, residents of Shamurou formed a joint action committee and imposed an indefinite bandh along Mayai Lambi Road. They were demanding the arrest of culprits.
Among the protestors, womenfolk of the village especially made their presence felt and reacted strongly against the killing, without bothering about the threats from militant groups against such a step.
“In this area, so many unidentified person are targeting the civilians frequently. So we are appealing to all the people of Manipur to become aware and bring integrity against such elements,” said A. Shyam Singh, another local resident
Following the Bandh, traffic came to a complete halt in the area. All shops at Shamurou bazaar and in the neighboring markets also remained closed. The educational institutions and vehicles carrying students were kept outside the purview of the bandh.
By targeting a school headmaster, the individuals behind the killings may not understand how many lives and careers they have affected in the village. (ANI)
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