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Manipur police announce committee to probe killing of Athuan Abonmai

Manipur Congress had demanded immediate sacking of District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police, Tamenglong district and sought an independent judicial inquiry by a retired high court judge into the killing of social worker, Athuan Abonmai by armed terrorists on Wednesday

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Imphal:  Manipur police department said a high-level committee will probe the killing of Athuan Abonmai by the suspected armed cadres of NSCN-IM, while he participated in a government-sponsored programme at Tamenglong district on Wednesday.

Abonmai, a former president of Zeliangrong Baudi, a top body of the Zeliangrong community, was found dead with gunshot injuries on Wednesday evening after being abducted allegedly by the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM).

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The incident comes at a time when the Naga peace process based on the Framework Agreement with the NSCN-IM, which has been in a ceasefire agreement with the Centre since 1997, is closing in.

According to the FIR by the son, Arai Abonmai, his father left home on September 22 to attend a community outreach programme of the government to bring equal development in both the hills and valley. The programme was held at Tamenglong polo ground.

The committee consisting of K Radhashyam Singh, IPS, IG of Police (Int), K Kabib, IPS, Dy IG of Police (Range-II) and Kamei Angam Romanus, IPS, Dy IG of Police (Range-IV) as chairman, members respectively, will inquire into the incident leading to the abduction and subsequent killing of Abonmai, said a statement issued at late evening by LM Khaute, Director General of Police, Manipur Police department.

The committee will further inquire into whether there were lapses in the security arrangements, fix responsibilities and suggest measures to prevent any such incidents, it further added.

Early during the day, Manipur Congress had demanded immediate sacking of District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police, Tamenglong district and sought an independent judicial inquiry by a retired high court judge into the killing of social worker, Athuan Abonmai by armed terrorists on Wednesday.

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