Councilors and staff members of Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council (ADC) take to the streets in protest against the bomb blast 
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Manipur: Blast an act of cowardice, say Kangpokpi residents

Attack threatens peaceful environment of region, say councilors, staff members of Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council

Kangpokpi: In protest against the bomb blast that rocked the Kangpokpi bazar in Manipur on Friday, councilors and staff members of the Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council (ADC) staged a sit-in-protest in front of its office premises on Saturday.

The Sadar Hills ADC covers Saikul sub-division, Saitu sub-division and Sadar Hills West sub-division in Kangpokpi district of Manipur. It is one of the six autonomous district councils in Manipur. It is primarily meant for the Kukis of the then Senapati district.

Thangjakam Misao, vice chairman, Sadar Hills ADC, led the sit-in-protest which began around 11.20 am and culminated at 2 pm. It was participated by all councilors and staff members of the ADC, including its chief executive officer, T Manihar Singh, and additional CEO Lhingkhonei Lotzem. Representatives from the department of education, ADC Sadar Hills, also joined the sit-in-protest, among others.

Holding placards, the protestors raised slogans and termed the bomb blast an act of cowardice. Speaking to media persons on the sideline of the protest, Misao said that all members, including executive members and other staff members of ADC Sadar Hills have condemned the recent bomb blast at the Kangpokpi DHQ near the chairman’s residence.

“We are stunned by this act at Kangpokpi town near ADC Sadar Hills chairman’s residence as it threatens the peaceful environment and is totally against the principles of the ADC Sadar Hills,” asserted Misao, while adding that the Sadar Hills ADC will only promote and encourage peace for development of the society.

The Sadar Hills ADC vice-chairman also said that peace can solve any problem in this globe. He also urged the miscreants to come up openly and disclose their identity in public. “The strongest response to violence is peace and the strongest response to hate is love,” the vice chairman said, adding: “The Sadar Hills ADC will firmly stand with the peace-loving communities and endorse peace and unity of the people.”