Manipur molestation: NSCN-IM leader`s photo releas

Last Updated: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 19:21

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.

IANS



First Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 19:21

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