Gaidon and Stephen accorded heroes’ welcome
KANGPOKPI |Mar 20
Incessant rain and waiting for hours never deterred the enthusiast crowd at Senapati town to welcome the released UNC leaders Gaidon Kamei and Stephen today.
Escorted by police and Naga leaders from Central jail, Imphal till Senapati, the two leaders were given an emotional and heroes’ welcome at Indoor stadium, Senapati where the Tribe Hohos, UNC executives, Naga civil bodies from Naga districts, frontal bodies of Naga women, ANSAM, NPMHR, political leaders, village and church leaders attended the two hours long programme.
Acknowledging the efforts of the Nagas to end the deadlock between the state government and Nagas of Manipur at the intervention of the center through MHA, the UNC supremo lashed out at former Chief Minister, O Ibobi and tagged him the “most communal Chief Minister of Manipur”.
He revealed how they were subjected to third degree torture by the state Police during interrogation and how both of them were mistreated and mocked by police officials, media, bureaucrats and interrogators on different occasions.
The two leaders were jailed for 113 days after their arrest on November 25 last year at Pheidinga by a large number of state police commandos after the economic blockade begun on November 1 demanding rollback back of 7 new districts created by the then Congress led government.
“UNC is still firm on its demand for rolling back of the 7 newly created districts”, asserted UNC supremo Gaidon Kamei who was released along with his Publicity Secretary, Shankhil Stephen after producing in the court of Imphal East Chief Judicial Magistrate.
Their release came up barely a day after the state government agreed to release them without any condition during the tripartite talks held at Senapati on Sunday.
He also said that they were released “unconditionally” as per the agreement in yesterday’s talks and added “We really appreciate the new government and its initiative but the aspiration of the Nagas will continue until it is achieved.”
The court directed the complainants to appear before the court on March 27 so that the cases against them are closed completely after taking note of arguments of the counsel of the accused, assistant public prosecutor (APP) of the state government and the IOs of the cases.