IMPHAL- Soon after the killing of a Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) by suspected militants and attacks on security convoy, the Manipur government on Tuesday banned the World Kuki-Zo Intellectual Council (WKZIC), as an unlawful association/organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
Police said that the suspected militants on Tuesday gunned down SDPO Chingtham Anand Kumar at Moreh in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district bordering Myanmar.
After Moreh SDPO Anand was shot dead; Manipur police re-enforcement team being dispatched to Moreh came under attack on the Imphal-Moreh highway, in which four state police personnel sustained bullet injuries.
“Deeply saddened by the cold-blooded killing of SDPO Chingtham Anand… The perpetrators will be brought to justice,” the state’s chief minister, N Biren Singh, said in a social media post.
immediately after the incident, an urgent meeting of the cabinet, chaired by the Chief Minister, was held.
An official statement after the meeting said that the cabinet noted that the WKZIC had issued a press release on October 24 calling upon the Kuki-Zo community that during this November, before the harvesting season, the community would face another war, and arms and ammunition should therefore be in sufficient stock.
An FIR has already been lodged against the organisation on Monday.
“In view of Tuesday’s incident leading to the killing of a senior police officer, the Cabinet therefore approved the recommendation for declaration of the WKZIC as an unlawful association/organization under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967,” the statement said.
More than 500 volunteers of Youth Of Manipur (YOM) on Tuesday throng at Chief Minister secretariat at Imphal, demanding justice for the martyr Chingtham Anand Kumar.
The volunteers of YOM started their rally from Keishampat Hodam Leirak and going towards the CM Secretariat. Till the last report came in, they were protesting and stage demonstration near the Imphal Police station, Babupara.
Meanwhile, the prevent spread of harmful messages, photos, and videos by anti-social elements, the Manipur government on Tuesday extended the mobile internet ban for another five days till November 5.