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India: Manipur on the verge of a breakdown – Asian Human Rights Commission News

October 12, 2011

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If the economic blockade organised by the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) is to continue further, it has the potential to develop into an ethnic conflict in Manipur. The SHDDC, has been organising a blockade of national highways 2 and 37 since the past 72 days. The two highways are the lifeline of the state’s economy and the blockade has literally chocked the state out of its fragile economic life. The two highways, the jugular veins of the state’s economic life are preferred targets of protesters inside and outside Manipur. It is reported that the state government is yet to find an amicable solution to the problem.

SHDDC has been spearheading the demand to convert Sadar Hills into a full-fledged district, a demand allegedly pending since 1992. On the contrary, Naga outfits and Naga political parties, like the United Naga Council (UNC) are also agitating against the possible division of what they consider as ‘Naga areas’, should the new districts are formed. Indeed, it is for the government and the protesting parties to find a solution to the issue. However, that does not mean that the state administration can absolve itself from its responsibility of attending to the daily needs of the ordinary citizens who find life miserable in Manipur.

It is reported that ordinary commodity prices in Manipur have skyrocketed since the blockade to such levels, that for instance to buy fuel, people have to pay several times the actual price. Many hospitals in the state have already stopped undertaking surgeries or even admitting patients due to the lack of medical oxygen. Commodities that trickle into the state have to be escorted with heavy security due to threats from the protesters. This not only delays movement of the commodities and affect perishable goods, but also causes a heavy dent upon the country’s and the state’s expenses, which at the end of the day is taxpayers’ money. Various factions of the protesters burned several trucks during this strike, for which the state government today has decided to pay compensation. There is no guarantee however, that no more trucks would be burned or property destroyed.

What stands out however is the apathy of the state and central government in finding means to end the present impasse. Indeed there are shortsighted political benefits by suffocating the people for everyone who have thrown their hats upon the table in Manipur. Driving the people to the verge of an ethnic conflict, which the present blockade has the potential for, given the already volatile environment in the state and in its neighbourhood, is the last curse the state and central government with the connivance of warring fractional interests could deliver to the people living in the region.

In a state like Manipur where the term ‘accountability’ and ‘responsibility’ makes no sense for its government, an ethnic violence would be additional reason for the corrupt state administration to milk more money from wherever it can in the name of security. Understanding this, it must be for the people living in the region to show their intellect and not fall prey to fractional interests.

None can save and serve a community better than the people who make it.

 


Daily News Digest – Imphal Free Press – 12 October 2011

CM to meet President, PM on Sadar Hills issue

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 11: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi will leave Imphal for New Delhi tomorrow to meet the President, Prime Minister, Home Minister and other Central officials on the issue of economic blockade arising from the demand for Sadar Hills district. This was stated by SPF spokesperson N Biren while briefing media persons after the cabinet […]

Escaped KCP leader Sunil Meitei killed in operation by IW commando team

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 11: The commander-in-chief of KCP (MTF), Sunil Meitei who escaped from the lockup of Porompat Police Station on the intervening night of October 3 and 4 was killed by Imphal west police commandos during an operation conducted at Yumnam Huidrom Awang Leikai at around 12:30 am today. Addressing media persons today, Manipur DGP […]

Sadar Hills students come out in support of district demand

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IMPHAL, October 11: Several hundred school students in Sadar Hills area today took out a procession in Saparmeina area chanting slogans demanding the inauguration of Sadar Hills as a full fledged district. The procession endorsing the demand of the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee was organized by the Thadou Students’ Association, (TSA) Sadar Hills. It […]

Around 700 trucks reach Imphal from Jiribam amidst tight security escort

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IMPHAL, October 11: The 120 hours general strike imposed by the Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC) since 6 pm October 8 in demand for a separate Jiribam district has adversely affected normal life in the sub-division on a large scale. The strike will end on 6pm of October 13. The district came to a grinding […]

Combined security team recovers hijacked JCB

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KANGPOKPI, October 11: One JCB dozer which was hijacked by some unidentified persons on Sunday evening at around 1:45pm has been recovered between South Changoubung and North Changoubung which is located at about 10 Km away from Kangpokpi by a team of Kangpokpi police led by Inspector L.Vaiphei along with a team of 43 AR […]

Security forces arrest three militant cadres including an extortionist

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 11: Security forces have claimed to have arrested three militant cadres from separate counter insurgency operations since yesterday. According to a release of the PRO IGAR, in the first incident, troops of 23 Assam Rifles arrested a cadre of KCP (MC Lanheiba) militant outfit while conducting operation in the general area of Sabungkhok […]

National convention resolves to demand Sharmila be allowed visitors without restriction

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 11: The National Convention on Grievances Redressal and Whistelblower protection was held for two days on October 10and 11 organized by the National Campaign for people’s Right to Information at Bluebells school .New Delhi, stated a release of the Save Democracy Repeal AFSPA. It has further stated that the national convention took two […]

ICHAM alleges BRO misleading both state and government on NH-37 works

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 11: The Information Centre for Hill Areas Manipur has today during a press conference at the Manipur Press Club negated the claims made by the Border Road Organization in a letter submitted to the state Chief Minister in July, 2011 regarding the works taken up along the National Highway 37 (53). Speaking at […]

National voluntary blood donation observation initiates blood donation

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, October 11: The Manipur State Aids Control Society in collaboration with the State Blood Transfusion Council, Manipur held a state level observation of the National Voluntary Blood Donation, 2011 under the theme ‘Donate Blood and Save Four Lives’ at the Indoor hall of GP Women’s College today. Speaking at the function, project director MACS […]

New Gaan Ngai celebration committee formed

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 11: A consultative meeting of the Zeliangrong, Zelianrong Council Haomei Chapriak Pei, village elders, has resolved to constitute a committee “Gaan Ngai Committee 2012 (ZU-AMN)”, today at Zeliangrong building, Paona Bazar, Kakhulong, Imphal. A statement issued by the ZU-AMN stated that the objective of the formation of the committee is to celebrate the […]

Daily News Digest – The Sangai Express – 12 October 2011

Fugitive Sunil Meitei tracked down, killed in shoot out

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IMPHAL, Oct 11 : KCP-MTF commander Sunil Meitei who made a daring escape from the custody of Porompat police station has been killed in an encounter with Imphal West comman-dos early morning today. As announced earlier, a sum of Rs 1 lakh will be paid to be an informer and another Rs 1 lakh to […]

Compensation norm irks villagers

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

 IMPHAL, Oct 11 : Mapithel Dam affected villages of Riha, Ramrei, Chadong and Thoyee (Thawai) have raised strong objections against the compensation amount fixed by the State Government for Chadong and Lamlai Khunou villages, contending that it was against the recommendations of the Expert Review Committee. Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club here […]

Students rally for Sadar Hills district

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IMPHAL, Oct 11 : Joining the outcry for creation of a full fledged Sadar Hills district, thousands of students studying in 17 different schools took out a rally in Gamnom-Sapar-meina area today. The rally started from Songpao Lhinghat Memorial Higher Secondary School, Saparmeina Bazar and marched till the office of Gamnom-Saparmeina SDC . There, Thadou […]

National meet resolves against AFSPA

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

 IMPHAL, Oct 11 : A National Convention on Grievances Redressal and Whistleblower Protection was held for two days on October 10 and 11 under the aegis of  the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information at Bluebells School,  New Delhi.  The National convention adopted two resolutions regarding AFSPA and Irom Sharmila’s hunger strike besides many […]

United Naga Council for end to fratricidal clash

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

 Imphal, Oct 11 : In the wake of the ambush on NSCN (IM) on October 7 by the newly set up Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) at a spot in between in Taosang village and Leishok village in Nungba sub-division of Tameng-long district, the United Naga Council (UNC) has appealed to all Naga groups to refrain […]

Assam Rifles chips in mite for NH-102 management

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 11: The 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) today organised a seminar at Pallel under the objective of providing a common platform for agencies concerned in sharing expertise towards effective management of National Highway 102. Rechristened recently, NH-102 connects the commercially important town of Moreh with Imphal. a PRO […]

SHDDC to feel NGOs pulse on blockade

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 11: Taking into account the hardships being endured by the general public as a conse-quence of the ongoing economic blockade, the agitating Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) is all set to seek the opinion of civil society organisations on ‘what recourse the committee should endea-vour’ to achieve its goal. SHDDC president Ngamkhohao […]

PREPAK celebrates 34th raising day

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 11 : The proscribed PREPAK has celebrated its 34th raising day together with people of different communities across Kangleipak far and wide. The raising day was also celebrated successfully outside Kangleipak with Manipuris settled outside the State, conveyed a press release issued by the outfit’s Publicity and Propaganda assistant secretary Leibakngakpa Luwang. It […]

Ukhrul doctor shot at, hurt

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

 IMPHAL, Oct 11:A doctor of Ukhrul district Hospital suffered a bullet wound on the right arm after unidentified gunmen opened fire at his residential quarters last night. According to a police report, the firing took place at around 9 pm yesterday injuring Dr Nelson, who stays at the quarter located just opposite to the Hospital. […]

Photo exhibition opens at Bunglon

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

  IMPHAL, Oct 11: With the aim of creating awareness among the rural community, a five-day long Photo Exhibition on the theme ‘Development Initiatives in North East’ was opened today at Bunglon High School in Churachandpur District. The exhibition is being organized by the Directo-rate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (DAVP), Ministry of Information & […]

ICAR’s State level training programme begins

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

IMPHAL, Oct 11: A State Level Trainers’ Training Programme organised by ICAR Manipur Centre on water management entitled “Recent Trends in Water Management for Rainfed Agriculture” commenced from today at the Lamphelpat complex of the Centre. The training programme, which will continue till October 24, was inaugurated Agriculture Minister P Parijat Singh as chief guest. […]

Blood donation day conducted to commemorate National Voluntary Blood Donation Day

October 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

IMPHAL, Oct 11: The Manipur State AIDS Control Society in association with State Blood Transfusion Council, Manipur conducted a blood donation camp to commemorate National Voluntary Blood Donation Day. As a part of the obser-vance held today at GP Women’s College, prizes to position winners of spot painting and  written quiz competitions were also distributed […]

120 hours Jiribam bandh evokes mixed response

October 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

JIRIBAM, Oct 11 : The 120 hours Jiri bandh called by the Jiribam District Demand Committee in pursuit of its demand continue to evoke mixed response. Although shops, Government offices and educational institutions remained shut, hundreds of goods laden vehicles heading towards Imphal  from Silchar and Guwahati passed through Jiri town without any hindrance to […]

CM to meet President, PM on Sadar Hills issue

IMPHAL, Oct 11: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi will leave Imphal for New Delhi tomorrow to meet the President, Prime Minister, Home Minister and other Central officials on the issue of economic blockade arising from the demand for Sadar Hills district.

This was stated by SPF spokesperson N Biren while briefing media persons after the cabinet meeting this evening.

He further stated that the representatives of Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee met the Chief Minister and had thorough discussion on the matter of creation of Sadar Hills district.

Chief Minister had clearly noted the points of the SHDDC representatives and would have further deliberations with the Central officials in New Delhi, he added.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Escaped KCP leader Sunil Meitei killed in operation by IW commando team

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IMPHAL, October 11: The commander-in-chief of KCP (MTF), Sunil Meitei who escaped from the lockup of Porompat Police Station on the intervening night of October 3 and 4 was killed by Imphal west police commandos during an operation conducted at Yumnam Huidrom Awang Leikai at around 12:30 am today.

Addressing media persons today, Manipur DGP Y Joykumar stated that based on specific information, the Imphal west police commandos under the supervision of Dr AK Jhaljit, Additional SP (Ops) and under the operational command of Dr S Ibomcha, DSP/CDO and Inspector Y Kishorechand, OC/CDO raided the house of Longjam Shyam, 56, s/o Ibochou of Yumnam Huidrom Awang Leikai where the militant leader Sunil Meitei was taking shelter in an underground hideout inside the house.

At the spot verification, Ibochou revealed the location of Sunil Meitei and one constable opened the latch of the wooden plank of the underground bunk where he was hiding. He fired towards the police party with an automatic weapon and instantaneously the policemen retaliated and shot him dead in the underground bunk. One 9 mm pistol along with four live rounds was recovered from his possession, the DGP stated.

He further mentioned that the police have been conducting operations in various areas to nab Sunil Meitei after he escaped from the lockup of Porompat police station.

During the operations and from intelligence sources, the police came to know that he was taking shelter at Loktak Lake area and he had been moving from one place to another, he added.

Joykumar stated that yesterday at about midnight, the police received information that the wife of Sunil Meitei had left for the location of her husband in a hardtop Gypsy from Irengbam area. The vehicle was closely followed and it was found that she was dropped at Shamurou Bazar. She was later picked up by another hard top Gypsy and dropped at a house near Thiyam Leishangkhong. However, she escaped from the police taking the advantage of darkness.

The owner of the house, Longjam Shyam is a retired police constable and he is presently the secretary in-charge for home of KCP (MTF) Sunil Meitei faction, the DGP added.

Joykumar further maintained that the police wanted to apprehend him alive, but unfortunately he was killed in the operation. He regretted for the act saying no policeman wants to kill the criminals.

Later, a team of media persons visited the spot where Sunil Meitei was gunned down by Imphal west police commandos.

One family member of Longjam Shyam disclosed that Sunil Meitei was staying at their house since the night of October 9. He came in a bicycle and entered into the house forcefully. The underground bunk was also constructed by himself on that night.

The family member also stated that Shyam acquainted Sunil few years back but they had no clear idea about Sunil Meitei.

A team of police raided their house after the midnight. All family members were paraded at the courtyard and enquired about Sunil Meitei. They told the police that Sunil was not present in the house. However, some personnel rushed inside the house. They heard some gunshots and after that he was found dead inside the underground bunk.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Sadar Hills students come out in support of district demand

IMPHAL, October 11: Several hundred school students in Sadar Hills area today took out a procession in Saparmeina area chanting slogans demanding the inauguration of Sadar Hills as a full fledged district.

The procession endorsing the demand of the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee was organized by the Thadou Students’ Association, (TSA) Sadar Hills.

It was started from SL Memorial Higher Secondary School around 12 noon and proceeded toward the Saitu Gamphajol SDO office situated at Gamnom Saparmeina where a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Manipur was submitted through the sub divisional officer, Gourochandra Singh by the TSA on behalf of the entire students community in Sadar Hills.

The students march through the scorching sun chanting slogans “We want Sadar Hills district” “inaugurate Sadar Hills district” through out the procession besides holding placards which reads “Don’t deny citizens rights”, “Sadar Hills for Manipur Integrity”, “Sadar Hills district for all community”, “don’t communalized Sadar Hills”, “Mr. Ibobi Don’t you hear us” etc.

Students of altogether 17 schools participated in the procession. They left the SDO office and concluded with their procession at the same venue where it set out.

The TSA in the memorandum mentioned that the ongoing economic blockade on the two National Highways 2 and 37 has touched the 72 day record and the general strike which began from the August 2 till September 3 has caused deep suffering not only to the general public, but even to the student’s community of Sadar Hills.

It said the SHDDC has been spearheading the demand to convert Sadar Hills into a full fledged district which has been in pending since 1992. The unresolved issue if let to persist unattended would invite more sufferings and even communal tension, it claimed and thus urged the CM to upgrade Sadar Hills into a full fledged district immediately and unconditionally.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Around 700 trucks reach Imphal from Jiribam amidst tight security escort

IMPHAL, October 11: The 120 hours general strike imposed by the Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC) since 6 pm October 8 in demand for a separate Jiribam district has adversely affected normal life in the sub-division on a large scale.

The strike will end on 6pm of October 13.

The district came to a grinding halt till date since 6 pm of October 8 with all the educational institute, government offices, and business establishments remaining shut. Various forms of transportation including inter state passenger buses stayed off the roads.

The streets wore a deserted look with the strike supporter barring people from crossing the Jiri-Cachar Bridge.

Effigies of Chief Minister, O. Ibobi Singh and local MLA and law minister Th. Debendra were set ablaze by the protestors this morning around 10:30 am.

Meanwhile, convoy of about 700 trucks stranded at Jiribam has been escorted to Imphal under heavy security measures.

Source: Imphal Free Press