Miscreants torch 18 houses at Maram Khuman
SENAPATI, 18th Sep: In a land dispute related incident, 18 houses occupied by Makhan Khuman villagers (Mao Makhan) in Senapati district located near the bridge situated between Maram and Makhan were burnt down by suspected Northern Maram villagers early Tuesday morning.
The incident reportedly occurred around 4 am Tuesday when occupants were still sleeping inside their houses. It is reported that the miscreants poured inflammable liquids like petrol, diesel and kerosene onto the doors and set the houses on fire. One woman identified as Daniel Rakuyini was reportedly assaulted by the attackers and she was later rushed to a nearby PHC. The attackers also allegedly poured kerosene on the face of another woman named Athisii Hekhini.
Villagers said that miscreants numbering around 100 youths came armed with sophisticated weapons and destroyed/burnt down more than ten houses and damaging properties worth crores of rupees. Denouncing the attack as inhumane and barbaric, Makhan People Organisations restricted all vehicular movement on Imphal-Dimapur Road (NH-2) while demanding the authority to book the miscreants within 24 hours. They also warned of indefinite shutdown of the highway if the miscreants are not booked.
Later in the evening, normal traffic resumed after a government team led by TA&H minister N Kayisii and DC Senapati met the agitators and assured to book the accused within three days. The minister provided financial assistance of Rs 3.6 lakh and the district administration extended assistance of Rs 40,000 to the victim families. Talking to media persons, DC Senapati Somorjit Salam said that situation is under control with adequate deployment of security personnel including women police and commandos.
ADC chairman A Kapani, ADC members, DC and SP of the district and CSO leaders under the aegis of Naga People's Organisation rushed to the site in the morning. Meanwhile, NPO Senapati appealed to both parties of Maram Khullen and Makhan villages to restrain from any form of violence till an amicable solution is brought about.
On Wednesday, ADC Senapati team comprising chairman A Kapani, executive member Thaikho Peter, members Babu Hrai and David Khrasi, SDO Tadubi Puni Ronald and Mao PS OC S Hepuni Mao visited the affected area. The ADC team donated relief items including 50 bags of rice, 10 bags of pulses, 5 bags of salt and cash relief of Rs 1 lakh to the victim families who are taking shelter in relief camps and neighbouring houses.