Delhi conclave resolves to work for Zeliangrong integration [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Tamenglong, Oct. 24: The first ever Zeliangrong conclave, “ZELIANGRONG 2011” was held at New Delhi on the 22nd of October, 2011 under the theme “One People, One vision, One Voice”. The conclave was attended by Zeliangrong elites, youth and student leaders, research scholars and professionals besides the members of the “Zeliangrong Naga” Facebook group, which organized the event., said a press release.
The press release signed by Rangro Herie, Convener Zeliangrong 2011 said that special invitees including Raitu Chawang, President, Zeliangrong Baudi (AMN), Tingenlung John Pamei, President, AZSU (AMN), Romeo Palmei, President, ZYF (AMN), Spoke person Titus Kamei, ZYF, K. Elu Ndang, Gen. Secy. Zeliangrong Baudi (AMN), representatives of Zeliangrong Theological Forum, Pou Benzamin Pamei, President, Zeliangrong Welfare Association, Delhi, Penam, President, ZSU Nagaland, Chunthuigai Kamei, State Secy.ZSU Manipur, Poukindin Malangmei, President, ZSU Delhi and his colleagues and resource persons were also prominent leaders present in the conclave.

He said that after a day-long interaction and deliberation  many resolutions have been unanimously passed by the house and appealed to the Zeliangrong apex bodies to earnestly implement the resolutions at the earliest in the interest of the Zeliangrong people.

Among the resolutions adopted, the conclave pledged to protect Zeliangrong people, land and resources and to work for the Integration of Zeliangrong territories, which have been arbitrarily trifurcated into Assam, Manipur and Nagaland. In this regard, the  conclave felt that early integration of Zeliangrong territories would invariably strengthen the process of Naga integration too.

Supporting the Indo-Naga peace process was another resolution. The conclave also appealed to the Zeliangrong apex bodies to remain vigilant and see that the interests of the Zeliangrong people are ensured when the Indo-Naga settlement is arrived at and lastly appealed for peace and harmony and immediate cessation of all acts of hostilities and violence in Zeliangrong country, the release said.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

 

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Lup flays attack on Sharmila supporters [The Sangai Express]

Imphal, Oct 20: Taking grim note of unruly elements disrupting gathering of ‘Save Sharmila Repeal AFSPA’ campaigners at New Delhi yesterday, the working committee of the Apunba Lup cautioned all concerned to refrain from such act in the future.

“We condemn strongly the unwanted act triggered by vested interests. It was an act against humanity,” said assistant co-ordinator of the Lup Elangbam John-son reacting to suspected right wing activists attacking volunteers of anti-AFSPA campaign.

About 20 slogan shouting right wing activists atta- cked the public meeting of the anti-AFSPA campaigners at Delhi University cam- pus last evening. they hurled tomatoes and other items in  an apparent bid to disrupt the gathering.

Some of the perpetrators sporting black head-bands shouted slogans in support of Indian army and ostracizing Manipur. As a verbal showdown ensued betw-een the perpetrators and the campaign supporters, a physical confrontation also broke out between the attac-kers and meeting organisers before arrival of a Delhi police team controlled the situation from blowing out of proportion.

“We warn the perpetrators not to commit such bar- baric act in future and if repeated they should face all consequences arising out of it,” cautioned Johnson.

He said the Apunba Lup will continue to relentlessly campaign against the draconian act.

A conglomerate of several civil society organisa- tions of the State, the Lup is spearheading campaign for repealing of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act which gives sweeping powers to the armed forces even to shoot people on mere suspicion.

The Lup was formed in the wake of the brutal rape and murder of Thangjam Manorama Devi by Assam Rifles soldiers in July 2004.

Demanding repeal of the Act Irom Chanu Sharmila (39) has been on fast-unto-death agitation for over a decade.

Before the Delhi meeting commenced volunteers of ‘Save Democracy, Repeal AFSPA’ welcomed a group of anti-AFSPA that reached the national capital from their Jammu and Kashmir sojourn.

Source: The Sangai Express

Delhi goons attack Save Sharmila campaign [The Sangai Express]

'Save Sharmila Repeal' AFSPA campaigners at New DelhiNew Delhi/Imphal, Oct 19 : A public meeting held today at the campus of Delhi University in solidarity to Irom Chanu Sharmila’s campaign for repealing the draconian Armed Forces’ (special Powers) Act 1958 was attacked by suspected Hindu right wing activists.

Jan Karwan, flagged off by social activist Medha Patkar and Magsaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey from Srinagar reached Delhi today. The journey in support of Irom Sharmila is slated to reach Imphal on October 27.

A public meeting was held at the campus of Delhi University, wherein some unruly elements began to hurl tomatoes, potatoes and other items in an apparent attempt to disrupt the gathering.

Student leader Rekha Samom said some of them including herself suffered minor injuries. She said “those who came to attack numbered about 20. They were right wing activists”.

Later, police intervened and prevented the programme to be continued, after which a rally was proposed to be carried out.

Police also detained some student leaders of MSAD (Manipuri Students’ Association, Delhi) and key organizers of the programme.

As some of the student leaders were detained, all those who attended the programme too went to the police station at Patel chest.

After about an hour all of them were released.

Meanwhile, an informed source said about 150 rallyists who reached the national capital from Srinagar were accorded warm welcome by Delhi volunteers of ‘Save Democracy Repeal AFSPA’.

As preparations were being made to continue the rally together about 15 suspected right wing activists wearing black head-bands incribed ‘Bharat Martyrs’ raised objection labelling the rally participants as ‘anti Indians’ along with raising slogans in support of Indian Army and ostracising Manipur.

As a verbal showdown ensued between the Delhi Volunteers of the campaign and the right wing activists the latter’s number swelled to about 30 and nearly culminated to a physical confrontation.

However, arrival of a Delhi police team averted the showdown even as the suspected RSS activists gradually moved away from the scene amid disparaging remarks against the rallyists.

While the attackers were allegedly allowed to disappear some of the Delhi Volunteers were taken into custody by the police before they were eventually released.

Source: The Sangai Express

North East girl sexually molested [The Sangai Express]

New Delhi, Oct 17 : A Naga girl from Manipur was sexually abused by a local man in North Delhi last night. A boy who came to help her was brutally beaten up by local people who helped the accused to flee, informed a press release issued by the North East Support Centre and Helpline. 

According to a source reaching North East Support Centre & Helpline, the incident happened when Ms Joyce (name changed) was making a telephone call from a public phone booth last night at around 8.30. A man came from behind and assaulted her. When she raised an alarm, a boy belonging to same community living nearby, came to her rescue and caught the man. Meanwhile, two local boys attacked him and helped the accused run away from the scene.

A Naga student body rushed to Timapur police station and lodged a complaint against the molester. A case has been register under FIR 224/2011 and two men who attacked the boy and allowed the molester to escape were detained in the police station though no FIR was registered against them until the time of filing this report. The man who assaulted the girl is absconding.

Madhu Chandra, spokesperson of North East Support Centre & Helpline spoke to a senior police officer posted in North Delhi campus and expressed the helplessness when law enforcing agencies did not perform their duties. He took up the matter with police officer on duty at Timapur Police station.

“Timapur police station has records of how they have handled such cases. Two Naga girls were molested by people who came for police recruitment in 2005 and two sisters from Manipur molested in daylight by two local men at Gandhi Vihar in 2008 . The cases were denied and delayed for four days until the pressure mounted from media and top officials. Police are yet to bring justice to these cases,” he said.

A number of North East girls have been raped and sexually molested in Delhi and NCR.

Source: The Sangai Express

Heroin worth crores seized, four including one from state arrested

 New Delhi, Oct 9: Around 1.290 kg of heroin worth Rs 1.29 crore and over 100 kg of ganja worth Rs 10 lakh have been seized from four people in separate incidents, police said today. On receiving information, crime branch sleuths arrested 24-year-old Hanif Salman yesterday from near a Gurudwara in Seelampur. He was going to deliver a consignment to a contact, said Ashok Chand, DCP Crime and Railway. 

One kg of heroin worth Rs one crore in the illegal market was recovered from him, he said, adding Salman is a resident of Manipur and had completed graduation this year. Soon after his graduation he wanted to do some work to support his father financially but he could not find a job. He was lured into drug trafficking by an associate in Manipur and became a drug carrier. Salman used to get Rs 20,000 for delivery of each consignment.

The heroin had been brought from Manipur to Delhi to be delivered to a contact. In a separate incident, two drug traffickers were arrested on October 6 and 100.400 kilogram of ganja, worth Rs 10 lakh in the street market, was recovered from him. Two persons, Veer Bahadur (22) and Jamshed (37) were intercepted on receiving information that they would be coming to Okhla to deliver a consigment of 100 kgs 400 grams of ganja from their possession.

The Innova car in which they were travelling has been seized. They got into drug trafficking to make quick money. He used to procure ganja from Cuttack and Angul in Orissa and sell it in Delhi and the National Capital Region through his associates, Chand said. In another incident, Crime branch arrested Roshan Lal alias Lala from near Anand Vihar ISBT on October 5, when he came to deliver a banned drug consignment to his associate. Police recovered 290 gms of heroin from his possession.

Lal is a class 10th drop out and used to run autorickshaw to help his father. “During one local trip he met Munna of UP and was introduced to drug trade. He used to procure heroin from Munna and sell it to his customers in Delhi and Ghaziabad,” Chand said.

 

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

 

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