N Biren Singh
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday said the government will not spare any individual, groups or organisation involved in the kidnapping and murder of Athuan Abonmai.

The tribal leader, who was also the former president of Zeliangrong Baudi -Assam, Manipur, Nagaland (AMN), was kidnapped and subsequently killed by suspected militants in Manipur’s Tamemglong District on September 22.

The CM has also announced ex-gratia and jobs to Abonmai’s family.

In an urgent press conference called at the Secretariat on Friday, the CM said a combined operation has been launched in Tamenglong and the case would be handed over to the NIA if it is found that the murder involves any outfit that is in a cease fire agreement with the government.

So far 16 police personnel, including OC, SI, ASI, have been placed under suspension for dereliction of duty and a committee headed by IGP K Radheyshyam has been constituted to conduct an inquiry against them, Singh said.

The CM also informed that a team of Manipur Police, led by IGP (Ops) K Jayentakumar Singh, will carry out a combined operation, in coordination with Assam Rifles deployed in the area.

“‘I’m very shocked and sadden seeing videos of the incident. I shared my profound grief and condolences with Abonmai’s family,” he said.

Athuan Abonmai had left his home at Tarung Village on September 21 to attend the CM Outreach programme ‘Go to Hill’ at Tamenglong District HQ at Apollo Ground.

His son Aria Abonmai said his father was abducted from outside the venue around 11:30 am on September 22 while the programme was going on. Later, around 6pm the same day, Athuan Abonmai’s bullet-ridden body with bruises was found at his native village at Pallong under Tamei police station in Tamei sub-division in Tamenglong.

His family suspects the involvement of NSCN-IM and has lodged a police complaint mentioning the same.

The body of the deceased tribal leader was brought for autopsy at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences at Imphal late evening.

The Manipur Joint Action Committe has, meanwhile, sent a memorandum to the chief minister’s office and demanded justice.

Also read: Manipur tribal leader’s murder: Video shows abduction in police presence; 14 cops suspended

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