ISTV Imphal English News – 27 October 2011


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Source: ISTV Imphal


Twin bomb blasts darken festival of light celebration [The Imphal Express]

IMPHAL, October 26: Six persons were injured in twin blasts at Alu Gali, Thangal Bazar today at around 8 pm amidst hectic festivities of Diwali festival.

The twin blasts occurred at the same time, one inside Milan Enterprises and the other at the staircase of Indian Overseas Bank which is about 30 metres from the previous spot.

The injured persons have been identified as Sultana, 20, d/o Nijammuddin of Kshetrigao Awang Leikai, Md Farooq, 23, s/o Yakub Ali of Lilong Mayai Leikai, Manish Sekhawat, 16, s/o Dasharat of Alu Gali, Manicha Sekhawat, 12, d/o Dasharat of Alu Gali, Mustakim, 16, s/o Shiyauddin of Masjid Road and Kusum Agarwal, 28, w/o Nitish Agarwal of Paona Bazar.

The injured persons have been admitted to RIMS and Raj Polyclinic for treatment. They sustained splinter injuries, but none of them is in critical condition.

According to the police, the bombs could be Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted at the spots before.

The explosion ripped the metal shutters of Milan Enterprises and caused damages to major portion of the shop. The collapsible doors of Indian Overseas Bank were also damaged by the explosion.

Several shops and houses nearby the blast sites were hit by splinters.

A team of high ranking police officials along with the bomb squad conducted searches at the blast sites.

There could have been more casualties if the blasts took place at the busy hours when people came out to witness the festive lights of Diwali.

Source:  Imphal Free Press

Three nabbed along with IED [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 26: A team of Imphal east police commandos and personnel of 23 Assam Rifles has arrested three KCP (MC) militant cadres along with five kgs of IED yesterday noon at 12:30pm from Yumnam Khunou under Heignang police.

A police source has identified the three as Akham Premkumar alias Mubi, 40, s/o Yaima, Moirangthem Birmani alias Kangleipurel, 33, s/o Khomei both residents of Phubala Awang leikai, Bishnupur and Oinam Tomba, 42, s/o Angou of Nambol Leimapokpam.

On receiving information about the presence of some armed militant cadres in the general area of Yumnam Khunou, the combined team conducted frisking operation at the area and arrested the three individuals.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Pro-Sharmila rally to arrive in state [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 26: The save Sharmila campaign-Jan Karwan-launched by a group of human right activists from across the country and starting from Srinagar on October 16 demanding repeal of AFSPA, will reached Imphal tomorrow.

The campaign reached Guwahati yesterday where they were felicitated by the Assam Sahitya Sava, at the conference hall of the organizations’s office.

The team having covered 12 different states will reach Imphal around 11 am and they will organize a peace rally in Imphal along with the civil society organizations of the state tomorrow.

The rally will kick off from North AOC via Minuthong, New Checkon, Porompat crossing, Ayangpali and conclude at Kongpal Porompat at the birth place of Sharmila.

A public meeting will also be held at the Amateur Athletic Association ground followed by a press conference.

I Singhajit, Sharmila’s brother, and also a member of the organizing committee, said that on October 28 the team is likely to meet Sharmila as the team is yet to get the official permit to meet her. The team is however optimistic that the Chief Minister will grant permission to meet Sharmila, he said.

Singhajit further informed that if the team is denied permission to meet the Iron Lady, the team will stage a hunger strike on ‘Ningol Chakouba’ October 28, the biggest festival of Manipur.

In response to a query from the media persons, whether the committee will take any initiative against the attackers of the rally at New Delhi, Singhajit said further course of action in connection with the incident will be decided after reaching Imphal.

The ‘Jan Karwan’ march was flagged off from Srinagar on October 16 and with many social activists including team Anna member Medha Patkar, Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey and human right activists from across the country have taken part.

On October 19 on reaching the national capital, the team along with its supporters mostly students organized a rally wherein they were allegedly attacked by ‘Aam Hindustani’ a right winged body injuring five students besides leading to the arrest of more than 100 other supporters.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Union minister to inspect projects under TD and RD & PR during two day visit [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 26: The Union minister of tribal affairs and panchayati raj V Kishore Chandra Deo will be on a two day visit to the state starting November 1 to assess the developmental activities and various schemes implemented in the state under the funding from his ministry.

According to an official source the minister will be reaching the state capital at 10:55 am at the Tulihal Airport. The Union minister will be meeting the state Chief Minister at his official chamber at 3:30pm and discussed the various progress reports of the developmental projects taken up by the departments concerned including the RD & PR and TD. The reports according to the source, have already been submitted to the state Chief Minister by the departments concerned.

Prior to the meeting with the Chief Mnister, the union minister soon after his arrival at the state will be meeting with the state RD & PR minister MD Allauddin Khan at 2pm which will be followed by another meeting with the secretary and other state officials of the Tribal Development, the source, added.

The visiting minister will further convene a meeting with the Hill Area Committee of the Manipur State Legislative Assembly.

Further according to the source, the Union minister will attend the state level Kut festival at the 1st Manipur Rifles ground in the evening at around 5pm.

The next day, on the November 2 the visiting minister will leave Imphal for border town Moreh by helicopter at 8:30am and inspect the various projects taken up in the border town under the TD department.

During his short visit to the border town, he will meet the DC Chandel and the ADC Moreh regarding the projects undertaken in the area under the TD and RD & PR.

Further according to the source, the minister will also meet representatives of the Kuki Inpi Manipur along with chairpersons of ADCs of the state.

The minister will further leave for Churachandpur hq at 11am and upon reaching the district hq, he will meet the DC and SDOs of the district at the CCpur DC office.

Before coming back to Imphal, he will be meeting the local MLAs of the district.

The Union minister will leave Imphal for New Delhi at 5pm, stated the source.

Source: Imphal Free Press

CM inaugurates bridge, market and health centre at Yairipok [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 26: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has inaugurated Yairipok Tampha Market, Yairipok Bridge and Yairipok CHC Building today.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi stated that the real owner of land is the government and no community should think they are the real owners of the land where they inhabit.

He further asserted that various communities of the state have been living in peace and harmony since time immemorial.

Chief Minister also announced the upgradation of Yairipok Nagar Panchayat and Lilong Nagar Panchayat to the status of municipality along with Rs. 50 crore package for the development of tourist centres at Kaina, Khongjom and Kwarok Mahadeva.

He assured that the government will take up various development works in the state from time to time as per the requirement and convenience of the public.

The newly inaugurated Tampha Market is a gift to Yairipok people for Ningol Chakkouba, Chief Minister added.

It may be mentioned that the construction of Yairipok Bridge began in 2002 and completed in October 24, 2011. The estimated cost of the bridge is Rs. 586.30 lakh while Yairipok CHC has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 176.57 lakh.

The Tampha Market was constructed by Manipur Development Society.

The inaugural function was also attended by works minister K Ranjit, health minister L Jayentakumar and Wangkhem MLA K Meghachandra.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Govt fails to keep salary promise [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 26: Even as the finance department had announced an official clearance allowing withdrawal of salaries and allowances for the state government employees for the month of October from October 20 just a few days back, state employees from different department have expressed that the government has failed to act on its official order.

An employee of the Agriculture department on conditions of anonymity, has stated that no other state employees other than the state police force have been able to withdraw their salaries even after the recent announcement of the government.

Meanwhile, according to a reliable source the failure on the part of the government is due to the failure of the respective departments to finalized the Manipur Government Employees’s List MGEL.

Further investigation by this reporter led to the revelation that more than 200 files related to the MGEL are lying unattended at the table of the state commissioner finance Binod Rajan,IAS due to the lack of official clearance from the head of departments concerned.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Triple bomb blasts rock Imphal area 6 including a minor girl injured [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 26: As the people of the state were engrossed in celebrating Diwali with lighting of lamps and bursting of crackers, a twin bomb blasts at Thangal bazar brought to a grinding halt the festivities and left four persons including a minor girl of 12 injured. 

In another bomb attack by unidentified armed persons at the residence of Chief Engineer, PWD Loken at Canchipur Heijigang under Singjamei Police Station at around 10.10 pm today, a personnel of 7 MR and the personal driver of the Chief Engineer sustained injuries.

The first bomb exploded at around 8pm this evening at Alu Gali in Thangal Bazar, at the entrance of Overseas Bank. The other bomb exploded a minute after the first explosion, around 100 feet away from the previous spot, in a shop.

The four persons who were injured in the bomb explosion have been identified as Manisha (12), d/o Dasharat of  Alu Gali, her brother Manish (16), Mohammud Mustakim (16), s/o  Jayauddin of Mashjid Road and Md Farukh (17), s/o Jakub of Lilong. Manisha was injured on the right leg with bomb splinters, her brother Manish was injured in the left hand, Mustakim in the right hand and leg and Md Farukh suffered a head injury.
According to police reports, the incident did not cause many casualties as the spot where the twin bombs exploded had no major celebration taking place and not many people had congregated there.

The first bomb which exploded at the entrance of Overseas Bank left the iron shutter of the bank partly torn apart. The impact of the explosion even reached the other side of the road and broke the doors and windows of shops on the ground floor of Chongtham Iboyaima Shopping Mall. There were also blood stains besides the shops and four persons were said to have been injured at the spot.

The second bomb exploded minutes after the first one, around 100 feet away from the previous spot, in a shop selling clothes. The shop was among other shops labeled as Robin Market.

Police sources said that the shop belongs to one Milan Biju (55). The shop had closed around 6pm this evening. The shutters of the shop were found metres away from the spot. A huge lot of goods and clothes are believed to have been destroyed by the blast, but the actual amount of the destroyed items could not be found out as the owner had not yet arrived at the spot. It is believed that no one was hurt in the second blast.
Bomb experts were of the opinion that the bombs which exploded were powerful ones. The second bomb was even more powerful than the first one. But police are yet to determine the device used to explode the bombs and also its components. It is suspected that the bombs could have been planted well before the blast.

As soon as the explosion occurred police rushed to the spot and carried out an intensive search. People were checked and all roads to and from the site of explosion was blocked. The light festival came to a halt and all shops were forced to close down. Burning of crackers was prohibited for the moment. No arrest related with the incident has been reported till the filling of this report.

All the injured in the Thangal bazar twin blasts are being treated at RIMS. Meanwhile, the bomb attack at the residence of Chief Engineer Loken was carried out taking advantage of a musical concert organised not far off in connection with Diwali festival.

The bomb landed and exploded just outside the residential gate. One Ngouba of Thoubal, a personnel of 7 MR, who is deployed as security escort of the Chief Engineer and O Johnson of Singjamei Kshetri Leikai, who is the personal driver of the Chief Engineer sustained injuries in the explosion. One of the injured has been reportedly admitted to RIMS while the other to Raj Polyclinic for treatment. Both the injured are said to be out of danger.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

Locals inaugurate Khurai Salan Bridge without govt officials [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 26: The locals of Khurai Lairikyengbam and Nandeibam Leikai inaugurated the long completed Khurai Salan Bridge today in the absence of any concern government officials.

The bridge built on the Imphal River is the only way through which a person of Khurai Lairikyengbam can cross over to Khurai Nandeibam Leikai. The people of both the locality have time and again pressed the government to inaugurate the bridge which have been completed two months back to and hand it over to the public.

As the concern authority paid no heed to their request, the locals were forced to inaugurate the bridge without any government officials, in the interest of the public, said the locals.

Speaking to reporters, the locals said that the people of Leirikyengbam Leikai mainly the students while trying to cross over to Lamlong bazaar find it really hard in crossing the old diversion bridge which is all badly damaged. Above this, the road along the river side leading towards Lamlong bazaar is also in very bad condition with one side of the road tilted towards the river. Written complaints have been made to the Works Minister, local MLA, PHED Minister and all other concern officials to inaugurate the bridge. It has also appealed through the local media to do the needful before October 26. Since nothing has been done so far, people of both the localities formally inaugurated the bridge today along with all the required rituals.



Source: Hueiyen Lanpao