Families affected by Makhan carnage cry for justice

SENAPATI, 27th Sep: Twenty-five families, who were affected in the arson act committed by suspected members of Northern Maram People’s Organisation on September 17, have demanded the government to ensure justice at the earliest and let them live a normal life.
Altogether, 18 houses including 14 shops attached were gutted in the arson act which took place in the wee hours of September 17, thus affecting 25 families from Makhan villages. The incident occurred at Makhan Khuman, at a place between Makhan and Maram bazaar under Senapati district. Estimated cost of the houses burnt and the properties lost is said to be around Rs 1,48,73,000. One of the affected families also shared his loss which included cash amounting to more than Rs 13 lakh that he had saved for building a house.
Indian Red Cross Society, district administration Senapati, ADC Senapati, TA&H department, TA&H minister N Kayisii, PHE minister Losii Dikho, Outer MP Dr Lorho S Pfoze, Naga Peoples Organisation Senapati, Tennyieme People’s Organisation, Mao Council & various CSOs of the district, Senapati District Drivers Association, churches from different denominations, village authorities of different tribes, individuals and well-wishers had visited and donated cash and kind to the affected families till September 26.
Chief Minister N Biren had assured Makhan People of booking the culprits involved in the arson act following which Makhan People’s Organisation (MPO) temporarily suspended their proposed indefinite bandh on NH 2. However, there is no report of any ministerial team other than the local MLA N Kayisii visiting the site officially till date. Miffed by the lack of actions on the part of the government, MPO is reportedly gearing up to launch democratic agitations if their demands are not fulfilled by October 5.
Talking to the media persons, the affected families pointed out that lack of drinking water is affecting the people of the area all the more now as the main water pipeline had been destroyed on that fateful day. In this regard, security personnel posted at the site also drew attention of the government to provide water supply at the earliest while informing that they are now forced to use water overflowing from the nearby fields.
The victim families, who are taking refuge at temporary relief camps, also expressed concern over lack of bedding and clothing materials as well as food. With different ailments starting to affect many of the affected families’ members, some have even left for Imphal to undergo treatment.
Besides, aadhaar cards, voter cards, bank passbooks and driving licenses, other important documents as well as school uniforms for the students of the victim families have been burnt in the incident.
Expressing concern with the condition they are living, the affected families drew attention of the authorities concerned for delivering justice at the earliest, restoring peace and normalcy, and providing adequate relief materials.
Mention may be made here that restriction under CrPC 144 is still enforced at Maram bazaar and Makhan Khuman. Personnel of IRB, state police force consisting of Mao PS, Tadubi PS and Senapati reserve line are on duty day and night at the area.
No untoward incidents have been reported till the time of filing this report. Police commandos and women police personnel who were sent from Imphal had reportedly left for Imphal on Thursday with the situation calming down gradually.

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