Imphal: Three weeks after a leader of the Naga insurgent outfit NSCN-IM allegedly molested a Manipuri actress, the Manipur government Friday made his photo public.
Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam released Livingstone Anal`s photograph to the media and said the government was taking all necessary steps to arrest him.
Anal, a self-styled `lieutenant colonel` of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), went underground after the Dec 18 incident in Chandel district.
The government has failed to arrest him despite a bounty of Rs 5 lakh.
The molestation has led to a widespread protests in the state and curfew had to be imposed in three districts.
A TV journalist was also killed Dec 23 after police opened fire at protestors in Imphal.
The release of Anal`s photo comes amid stepped up protests demanding action against the culprit.
Sources in the government said NSCN-IM`s peace talks with the central government had apparently complicated the issue.
"We hope the centre will not takes it lightly," the deputy chief minister said.
Sources said the Congress-led Manipur government wanted the central government to pressurise the NSCN-IM leadership to hand over Anal.
They also said that a joint meeting of 14 parties was likely to be held to pressurise the centre to resolve the issue.
They said Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh was likely to lead a 15-member all-party delegation to New Delhi Jan 16.