In a tragic incident that sent shockwaves through the community, Ningombam James Bond, a dedicated village volunteer, fell victim to armed militants in the early hours of December 30. The somber procession that followed, from the mortuary at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) to the final resting place at Kadangband Part-2 under Imphal West district, marked a community’s collective grief and condemnation.
As dawn broke, a multitude gathered at JNIMS, reflecting the profound impact James had on his community. The air heavy with sorrow, his lifeless body was carried in a procession to his native village, Mayang Langjing. Along the route, from JNIMS to Mayang Langjing and then to the final funeral site at Kadangband, an overwhelming sea of people stood at the roadside, offering floral tributes to honor the departed soul.
The journey was not without its challenges. The Joint Action Committee (JAC), initially hesitant to accept James’s body, later reached a consensus with the state government and the bereaved family. This agreement paved the way for the final rites, allowing the community to bid a heartfelt farewell to their fallen comrade.
The grief-stricken father, Rameshwar, voiced his anguish and condemned the brutal killing of his son. His poignant questions regarding the inefficiency and incapability to safeguard innocent lives in Manipur, despite the substantial presence of central forces, resonate with the broader concerns of the community. The incident raises critical issues surrounding security and the need for effective measures to curb the menace of armed militants.
The tragic death of Ningombam James Bond serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by communities in conflict-ridden regions. It underscores the imperative for concerted efforts from both the authorities and the community to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals dedicated to the betterment of society.
As Manipur grapples with the aftermath of this senseless act, it is crucial to turn collective sorrow into a united call for action. Addressing the security concerns and finding sustainable solutions to protect the lives of innocent individuals like James should be a shared commitment. The memory of Ningombam James Bond must not fade away; instead, it should serve as a catalyst for change and a reminder of the resilience of communities in the face of adversity.