Imphal: Expressing solidarity with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed against the murder of Naga tribal leader Athuan Abonmai, representative members from 16 civil society organisations staged a joint sit-in protest at the community hall of Keisampat Leimajam Leikai in Imphal on Wednesday.

Based in the valley districts of Manipur, the organisations included women CSO AMKIL, NUPI SAMAJ, CHINGMI-TAMMI, EECHAL, THOUBAL EMA, NIPCO, CADA,  MAPI COUNCIL, NIPCO among others. 

They are demanding justice for Abonmai and punishment for all those involved in his abduction and murder.

The protesting organisations also demanded the state government to check whether the NSCN (IM) was involved in the incidence and whether the group has set up camps in hills, and act in accordance to maintain law and order in future.

Meanwhile, the autopsy of the deceased was conducted at RIMS morgue on Tuesday in the presence of his family and JAC members, after a due understanding was reached at between the state government and the JAC.

However, Abonmai’s body continues at remain at the hospital and not claimed for the last rite by the family and JAC until the case is settled or demands put forth by the JAC are met.

The JAC also deferred the proposed 24-hrs statewide general strike until further notice due to ‘Irabot Day’ Observation held yearly in various parts of the state on September 30. 

During the sit-in demonstration, NIPCO president Th Manihas demanded the state government deliver justice, condemn the beastly act suspecting highly the involvement of NSCN-IM.

He also questioned and demanded that the Manipur government find out whether the NSCN-IM has set up any camps in the state and to destroy them, if any.

Meanwhile, the Manipur Police formally arrested the two suspects in the case and produced them before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West, yesterday afternoon. The court has granted 9 days of police remand for the two men.

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