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Family members mourn the demise of Wungnaoshang and condolence meet at Delhi
IMPHAL, Oct 8: Phungyar Assembly Constituency MLA Wungnaoshang Kei-shing passed away today morning at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) hospital due following a personal ailment.
He was only 54. Wung-naoshang, who left behind his wife and four children including two sons, reportedly complained of not feeling well and was rushed to the Hospital from his official quarters in Babupara.
Born on October 13, the independent MLA failed to respond to treatment and breathed his last at around 6.30 am.
Among others, he is informed to be a diabetes patient and battling from hyper tension.
After his mortal remains were brought back to the Babupara quarter, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, Speaker I Hemochandra, the Council of Ministers, MLAs and members of Ukhrul Autonomous District Council arrived to pay their last respect to the Legislator as well as convey solidarity to the bereaved family, amid prayers and rituals.
The young politician is the sixth legislator of the state to have died within the five year period of the current 9th Manipur Legisla- tive Assembly. The others were Th Nabakumar of Khundrak-pam AC, M Manindra of Moirang AC, Konthoujam AC’s S Bu-dhichandra and father-son legislator duo of E Kunjeshore and E Suraj of Yaiskul AC.
Wungnaoshang’s mortal remains will be kept at the quarters tonight and at 11 am the same will be brought to the Assembly where members of the house will pay their last respect after which it is scheduled to be taken to his native place at Kongkan village under Kamjong sub-division of Ukhrul district where the body will be laid to rest.
elected for the first time to the (eighth) Manipur Legislative Assembly from Phungyar AC on a Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP) ticket defeating seasoned politician and former Chief Minister Rishang Keishing, Wung-naoshang was the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Fisheries and Government Press from 2002 to 2003. He was in charge of Excise and Jail Administration portfolios from 2003 till 2004, as well as chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Public Grievances/Petition in 2006.
Wungnaoshang contested the 9th Manipur Legislative Assembly election from the same constituency as an independent candidate and was re-elected by Phungyar AC electorate as their representative for the second successive term.
He rejoined MPSC recently and was preparing for the forthcoming 10th Legislative Assembly elections but his aspiration will remain unfulfilled.
Wungnaoshang was in the Indian National Congress fold for a brief period during which he was vice president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Youth Committee and treasurer of Phungyar Kendra Block Congress Committee. He was also general secretary of MSCP from 1998 to 2002.
An ardent supporter of the Naga integration ideology, Wungnaoshang attended a public session held at Senapati district headquarters in connection with the demand for single administration of all Naga inhabited areas as well as on declaration of severing all ties with the Government of Manipur.
He also took part in the Kohima rally on Naga integration and was a signatory of the said agenda.
His cordial relationships with some influential Naga bodies suffered a setback when he took the lead in voicing the creation of Phungyar district by bifurcating Ukhrul district.
A public congregation held recently at Palace Compound here in connection with the prevailing political scenario in Phungyar AC had endorsed Wungnao-shang to rejoin and contest the coming election on an MSCP ticket.
The late MLA escaped an ambush laid by NSCN (IM) cadres on April 15 this year at near New Canaan village while he was returning to Imphal after attending a programme on AIDS awareness. Including his security escort seven persons lost their lives in the ambush.
Soon after hearing demise of Wungnaoshang the MSCP presided by its president Y Mani convened a condolence meeting during which a minute’s silence was observed to mourn the death and conveyed solidarity to the bereaved family. The Phungyar Block Congress Committee also expressed sorrow at the demise of the MLA.
The Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong also condoled the untimely death of Wungnaoshang Keishing.
Ninglun Hanghal adds from Delhi : Expressing sorrow over the sudden demise of Wungnaoshang Keishing a condolence meeting led by MLA and Hill Areas Committee chairman Thangminlien Kipgen, was held at the Manipur Bhawan in New Delhi today afternoon
Other MLAs present were Morung Makunga, Doukhomang Khongsai, Awangbou Newmai, Hangkhanlian, Surchandra Singh , Holkholet Kipgen, U.Deven Singh and MP Th Meinya.
Staff and officials of the Bhawan were also present.
Speaking about the late W. Keishing, his life and contribution the HAC chairman Kipgen prayed for peace and strength in such times of sorrow for the grieving families.
Dr Th Meinya also recalled his interactions with the late MLA. A two minute silence was observed and floral tributes were offered to the departed soul.
Source: The Sangai Express
IMPHAL, Oct 8 : Five cadres of the NSCN (IM) were killed in a clinically executed ambush laid by the recently formed Ze-liangrong United Front at a spot in between Tonshang and Leishok villages in Nungba sub-division of Tamenglong district, under Khoupum police station.
One civilian driver was also killed in the ambush yesterday evening.
According to a reliable source, the ambush was launched when NSCN (IM) cadres were coming along the way on two Shaktiman trucks to crack down on ZUF cadres who had holed up in the said area.
A source informed The Sangai Express that the IM cadres were on their way towards Noney to drive out the ZUF cadres when they came under attack.
The ZUF cadres who had positioned themselves for the ambush let loose a volley of fire on seeing the approaching Shaktiman trucks carrying the IM cadres at about 7 pm yesterday, said the source and added that a fierce gun fight ensued.
The gun fight ensued till the wee hours of today.
Five NSCN (IM) cadres, including a S/S sgt major died in the encounter while the driver of one of the Shaktiman trucks also passed away. Five other IM cadres are believed to have been injured in the shoot out.
The five cadres of the NSCN (IM) who passed away in the gun fight have been identified as Kadun Maring of Langol village and RD Punsi Anal of Kamathel village both from Chandel district, Soreingam of Shingya village, Ukhrul district, Albert of Phaibung village and Hingba of Maram Khullen, both from Senapati district.
Soreingam is reported to be the sgt major and was leading the team.
The deceased Shakti-man driver has been identified as Nanao Tarao of Pallel, Chandel district.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Information and Publicity of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim has expressed deep shock over the demise of five of its men and one civilian driver in the ambush.
Five other cadres were injured, it admitted in a statement issued to the press today.
The incident occurred at a spot between Taosang village and Leishok village in Nungba sub-division said the statement.
Paying homage to the slain cadres as well as praying for the speedy recovery of the injured ones, the outfit said that it shares the grief and pain of the bereaved family members and prayed to the Almighty to give them the strength to bear the loss.
The GPRN has also extended its gratitude to the Zeliangrong Baudi, Zeliangrong Union (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland), ZSUM, ZYF, ZWUM, Zeliangboudipui, Zeliangrong Students Union, Longmai and social workers of the area and all Village Chairman Associations, Longmai area for the help and assistance rendered.
Strongly condemning the incident, the Zeliang-rong Youth Front (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) and All Zeliangrong Students’ Union AMN, in a joint statement have appealed to all not to repeat such acts in the future.
Stating that they have been steadfastly against such killings in the past, the joint statement said that such killing is against the interest of the Zeliangrong people in particular and the Nagas in general.
It is unfortunate that such killings should take place now while the Nagas are on the path of reconciliation, averred the joint statement.
The two bodies urged all not to repeat such acts and shun all violence in Zeliangrong areas.
Source: The Sangai Express
IMPHAL, Oct 8 : A public gathering held today at Saparmeina for Lhalho Kin, a customary rite for longevity of live, usually performed when misfortune befall on individuals, resolved to intensify the ongoing agitation even to the extent of shedding more blood and sacrificing more lives for the cause of Sadar Hills district.
The ritual was performed specially to invoke the blessings of the Almighty to give greater strength to all those injured in the action of security forces in the course of the movement for creation of Sadar Hills district.
It is reported that altogether 130 people including young men and women sustained injuries in the action of security forces in the course of the 68 days old agitation.
The gathering was attended by SHDDC members, Sadar Hills Women Union members, KSO Sadar Hills members, representatives of Kuki Inpi Sadar Hills, Thadou Students Association and Gorkha Nepali leaders.
Speaking at the occasion, Sadar Hills ADC Chairman Seipu said that Sadar Hills has around 1.95 lakh people, out of whom around 85,000 are women.
Saying that women have been taking pro-active roles in the agitation for granting district status on Sadar Hills, Seipu noted that it was the womenfolk who have been bearing the brunt of security forces.
SAWA secretary Vah-chin Haokip said that many women sustained injuries on account of excesses committed by Assam Rifles men.
Though more than 150 people sustained injuries, the people have not been deterred a bit. Vahchin also decried the deafening silence of the State Govern- ment to the Sadar Hills issue.
Pointing that the State Government has issued arrest warrant against SHDDC leaders, she said that it would not be convenient for SHDDC leaders to give statements before the army’s Court of Enquiry.
Nevertheless, the gathering acknowledged the concern shown by the Army/Assam Rifles authority for justice by instituting the Army Court of Enquiry with regard to the atrocities and inhuman acts of 43 Assam Rifles on women during the recent incidents. In case, the State Government does not revoke the arrest warrants and goes on to arrest SHDDC leaders, there would be nothing the women of Sadar Hills would fear, Vahchin said.
The gathering further appealed to the concerned authority to conduct the sitting of the Army Court of Enquiry in Sadar Hills either at Kangpokpi or Gamnom-Saparmeina police stations in view of the alleged threat perceptions on SHDDC leaders from State agencies.
Holding the sitting of the Court of Enquiry in Sadar Hills would enable the SHDDC leadership to present or produce witnesses and evidence as desired by the Court of Enquiry.
The State Government should prepare to accept all unfolding incidents if it further delay inauguration of Sadar Hills as a full fledged autonomous district, conveyed a press release issued by SHDDC.
Source: The Sangai Express
IMPHAL, Oct 8 : The armed outfit PREPAK (Pro) has conveyed deepest regards to all the martyrs and leaders who have sacrificed their lives in the course of the revolutionary movement on the occasion of the outfit’s 34th raising day which falls on October 9.
The PREPAK (Pro) was set up with a view to forge closer ties with the mass and also to bring unity among revolutionary groups of the land, conveyed the outfit’s Chairman Paliba M in his raising day message.
The Chairman also announced an array of campaigns/activities which the party would take up presently, the foremost being finding a way out for peaceful coexistence of all the people after identifying the basic incompatibilities and differences between hill and valley people as well as between the hill people.
To address the woes of the mass inflicted by the corrupt and repressive regime of New Delhi and its local agents, and devising measures to tackle the covert anti-revolutionary strategies of India were other points raised by the Chairman.
To strive for restoring the sacred bond between students and teachers and keep the students away from unnecessary disturbances; checking drug abuse by youths and re-evaluation of students’ conduct and behaviour were some other activities chalked out by the party.
Identifying the prerequisites for formulating a national economic policy and amassing of armoury to take on the adversary forces were the two other activities which the party declared to take up very soon.
At present, distrust between different commu- nities have exacerbated to an alarming situation in the backdrop of the demand for creation of new districts.
“It seems there is no one to look after Manipur nor any authority to redress the misery of the public”, Paliba M stated.
Whether how many districts have been created or not, there would be neither development nor the lost mutual trust can be restored among the indigenous communities until Kangleipak remains under the alien rule.
“Our political destiny should be determined by ourselves. We need to work out a formula under which the interests of each and every community can be safeguarded collectively, and live together in harmony. But we don’t believe we can devise such a formula before Kangleipak regains its sovereignty”, the Chairman conveyed.
As a result of living under the alien rule for the past 60 years and more, all the indigenous communities have lost all hopes of any substantial economic development whereas they have been divided and suppressed.
All these factors combined together to create the turmoil being witnessed in contemporary Kangleipak which is de facto ruled by the military.
“By making a comprehensive study of the ever degrading political system, rampant human rights violation, scarcity of essential commodities, ever soaring crime rates and the aggravating situation of drug abuse, it’s high time our people understand where our destination would be. We need to brace ourselves to take on these challenges collectively”, Paliba stated. Seeing the future of the nation through the so called national highways would be disastrous. This would only worsen the socio-political decadence of the nation, the outfit cautioned.
“It has become questionable whether the national highways are there for our development or suppressing us or creating conflicts among the indigenous communities”, the Chairman remarked.
Source: The Sangai Express
IMPHAL, Oct 8 : While the current norm of taking the oath by accused persons/witnesses in the Court room (dock) is on the Gita, the Bible or the Quran, according to the religious belief of the individual concerned, the day will not be far off when the oath can be taken on the Puya if an ongoing process to compile the Holy Book of Sanama-hism materialises.
According to some scholars of Sanamahi Temple Board hectic process is underway to finalise compiling the Holy Book of Sanamahism (Sanamahi Laining Puya) following a decision at a meeting of the Board on August 31 for setting up an Expert Committee on the matter.
However, there is no confirmation on composition of the Expert Committee, conceded the scholars while speaking to The sangai Express.
It is also informed that after completing the process a recommendation would be sent for the Government’s approval on the introduction of Puya as a holy book for taking the oath in the Court.
Commenting on the issue, Advocate Th Jugindro said till now the common practice for an accused person in the Court is to pledge on Geeta, Bible or Quran irrespective of the individual belonging to the Meitei community or following Sanamahi faith.
The Advocate, nevertheless, did not rule out usage of Puya in the future if at all a recommendation is received at the Court from the Government of Manipur.
Source: The Sangai Express
IMPHAL, Oct 8 : On its 34th raising day, the proscribed People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) has greeted all the people, media persons as well as all the revolutionary groups which have been fighting against the common enemy.
In a statement issued by the outfit’s Chairman N Nongdrenkhomba, the outfit remarked that the successful setting up of the Co-ordination Committee (CorCom) of seven revolutionary groups of the land was a great step forward in the revolutionary movement.
This would pave the way for a collective struggle of all the revolutionary groups of both the hills and valley, in addition to the seven groups which constituted the CorCom.
Exuding confidence that the revolutionary movement would soon witness a victorious phase, Nongdrenkhomba appealed to the public to support the Co-ordination Committee.
The Co-ordination Committee was a fruition of the relentless efforts put in by the constituent groups including PREPAK and its armed wing, the Red Army, said the Chairman.
In addition to forging unity, it is crucial to sacrifice and rectify one’s mistakes in order to consolidate the hard earned unity, Nongdrenkhomba stated drawing attention of all revolutionary groups of both the hills and valley.
In the past, when Manipur was independent, Manipuris were known for their ideal social manners and values.
All those lofty values have disappeared in this age of globalisation.
Kangleipak of today is known for its fine arts (dance and music) and their excellence in sports.
“It’s time to march on to new phase and show before the world that we are not habituated to live under rule. We need to develop our human resources and groom our work culture to a competitive level”, the Chairman stated.
In the past, the hills and valley were bound together by a strong socio-economic bond. The hills and valley exchanged their produces and lived together in harmony, and this testified their inter-dependence.
However, in the contemporary period, both the hill people and valley have become dependent on imported goods, and apparently they are no longer inter-dependent on each other.
Subsequently, the bond between the hills and valley have been becoming weaker and weaker and they tend to have closer relations with mainland India. All these are results of Kangleipak being an occupied territory of India, Nongdrenkhomba stated.
Alleging that the puppet politicians are one of the many enemies of the mass, the outfit accused these politicians of usurping all the national resources and wealth.
These politicians have neither capability nor intention to chalk out any long term development policy for the nation. Their only agenda is personal aggrandisement and clinging to power.
Collaborating with New Delhi, these politicians have been unleashing all kinds of repressive measures in addition to spitting venom among different communities with a sinister design to keep them divided and create intra-conflicts among the mass.
This class of people are the most deadly enemies of the mass, Nongdrenkhomba asserted.
Categorically stating that PREPAK never supports any form terrorism, the Chairman called upon the mass to remain vigilant against those elements who have been scheming to project the party in the wrong light.
The Chairman further also underscored the need for all revolutionary groups to pay more attention to the relationship between revolutionary movements and masses.
Source: The Sangai Express