Sinakeithei Killing: Tangkhul civil bodies demand independent probe
The civil bodies further warned that they will intensify their agitation if a free and fair post-mortem report is released without further delay.
Several Tangkhul civil bodies under the banner of the Tangkhul Naga Long on Wednesday demanded an independent investigation into the alleged killing of two Sinakeithei villagers.
Expressing concern over the state government's inaction in a memorandum submitted to the chief minister through the deputy commissioner of Ukhrul district, the civil bodies urged the authorities concerned to expedite the investigation at the earliest.
Pointing out that no tangible action has been taken even after 17 days of the alleged killing and despite 48 hours notice being served on August 16 for expeditious investigation and arrest of the culprits, the civil bodies alleged lack of seriousness and lackadaisical attitude of concerned authorities over the matter.
"Such negligence will not only delay justice but will fuel communal misunderstanding and disturb the existing communal harmony," the civil bodies stated.
Reiterating that bodies of the deceased will not be collected unless the culprits are arrested immediately, the civil bodies further warned that they will intensify their agitation if a free and fair post-mortem report is released without further delay.
The civil bodies included the Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (TNWL), the Tangkhul Shanao Long (TSL), the Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) and the Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (TMNL).
The two residents of Sinakeithei village namely Thotreichan Kashung, 31, son of Mothang Kashung and Naosomi Lungleng, 29, son of Lt Lightson Lungleng, went missing on August 4. Their highly decomposed bodies were found on the river banks of Ihang at around 3 pm on August 8, according to reports.