Chingai, Phaibung electorates overturn UNC’s decision [Hueiyen Lanpao]


 People turning out to vote for the ADC election

People turning out to vote for the ADC election

Chingai (Ukhrul), Oct 25: The much speculated by-polls to the controversial Autonomous District Council (ADC) has concluded without any untoward incident and recorded a high turnout of voters despite the presence of volunteers deputed by United Naga Council (UNC) to derail the election on Monday.

According to the official sources, the ADC by-elections have been conducted peacefully and registered a good turnout of voters. ”The by-poll in Ukhrul district is by and large peaceful despite being declared sensitive,” said Chingai SDO L. Darsinso Aimol.

In both the Chingai and Phaibung constituency, the electorates in the two Naga-dominated ADC constituencies, while ignoring the UNC’s boycott call, have exercised their franchise.

In Poi village, an NSCN cadre was also reportedly assaulted up by local youths after the former snatched the voter’s list from the electorates.
Sources said the NSCN cadre was beaten black and blue by the local youths before he was rescued by visiting representatives of Tangkhul organisations.

In Chingai, the home polling station of Congress candidate Wilson Shatsang recorded 96% voting turnout, while Poi recorded 93%. The latter is the home polling of independent candidate Ningtam. Of the 10 polling stations in Chingai constituency, only four polling stations registered a voting.

Reliable sources said the polling agents at Namrei were reportedly detained and stopped from reporting to the polling station by NSCN-IM.
Sources from Senapati district authorities said Phaibung Khullen constituency registered 64.62 percent vote.

Meanwhile, the UNC has conceded that the Nagas have exercised their voting rights in the ADC by-polls. The Naga body was left with nothing to comment when asked about their reaction.

For security reason, according to an official source, the counting will take place at Imphal Deputy Commissioner office on October 31.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

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Moderate turn-out recorded despite boycott call of pending ADC polls [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 24: Elections to 17-Phaibung Khullen district council constituency in Senapati and 3-Chingai district council constituency in Ukhrul have been conducted under tight security arrangement today.

The voters’ turnout in the election was moderate despite of  the boycott call from various organizations. The turnout at Phaibung was 63.28 percent while Chingai recorded only 44.71 percent turnout.

As per the information received from the state election commission, the election was held in five polling stations at Phaibung and 10 polling stations at Chingai

17/5 Lower Phaibung polling station recorded the highest turnout of 98.96 percent while 17/4 Phaibung Khunou recorded the lowest turnout of 4.10 percent. The other three polling stations of Phaibung Khullen, namely 17/1 Phaibung Khullen (A), 17/2 Phaibung Khullen (B) and 17/3 Phaibung Khunou were marked with moderate turnout of 65.85, 78.39 and 72.16 percent respectively.

Moderate voters’ turnout was recorded in four polling stations of Chingai while the remaining six polling stations marked no turnout.

The turnout at 3/1 Chingai High School was 73.9 percent, 3/2 Poi (A) and 3/3 Poi (B) were 90 percent and 3/6 Chalon was 55.6 percent.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Pending ADC election to be conducted today amidst tight security [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 23: The election commission of Manipur will be conducting the pending Autonomous District Council election to the 17-Phaibung Khullen district council constituency under Senapati Autonomous District Council and 13-Chingai district council constituency under Ukhrul district, tomorrow amidst huge security arrangement.

The commission is going ahead with the election amidst the total bandh imposed by the All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) and much opposition to the ADC election from the United Naga Council (UNC).

Sources said all the polling personnel including security forces have reached their respective polling stations since yesterday.

Apart from state security forces, altogether 32 companies of CRPF are will be deployed during the poll.

A total of 8444 voters are going to exercise their rights in the two district council constituencies in 10 polling stations. 4475 voters alone will cast their votes in 17-Phaibung Khullen district council constituency and 3169 voters in the 13-Chingai district council constituency.

The result of the election is likely to declare on October 31.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Naga orgs tour ADC poll-bound Phaibung, Chingai [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Ukhrul, Oct 18: In the backdrop of Okram Ibobi Singh government’s steadfast decision to hold the by-poll to the Autonomous District Council (ADC) in each constituency in Ukhrul and Senapati, the beleaguered Naga organizations are camping in poll areas to sensitise the electorates on Naga’s rights.

The UNC-led Naga groups including Naga People’s Organisation (NPO) and Poumai Naga Union (PNU) have on Tuesday held camp with the Naga public at Phaibung in Senapati, which along with Chingai constituency in Ukhrul will go to polls on October 24.

In a telephonic talk with this reporter, the UNC said the meeting at Phaibung was “to sensitise the public on the Naga people’s decision” on the controversial Manipur Hills Autonomous District Act, 2008.

On Wednesday, the Naga organisations will be visiting Chingai constituency and hold meeting with the Naga public on the same issue.
The Tangkhul organizations including TNL, TSL, TMNL and TKS will also be attending the meet on ADC by-poll. The apex Naga body stated, “The Naga’s decision on the ADC have been made clear time and again. Whoever wishes to participate in the forthcoming by-poll should do so at their own risk.” In the wake of strong opposition to the ADC elections by the Naga bodies, the state government has declared Phaibung and Chingai as hyper-sensitive areas. In last year’s polls, the two constituencies along with eight others were countermanded as there was no voter turnout. The other eight ADC seats including seven in Senapati and one in Ukhrul have been declared elected unopposed on October 3 last.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

Three Assam Rifles personnel injured in Ukhrul IED blast [Imphal Free Press]

One of the injured jawans at the RIMS, Monday.

IMPHAL, Oct 17: At least three personnel of 23 Assam Rifles posted at Litan were injured in an IED blast that occurred at around 5:30 am today at Sangkai Village under Litan Police Station in Ukhrul district.

The injured personnel have been identified as rifleman no. 231040 Sudhir, 46, s/o Gopulan of Kerala, rifleman no. 8003686 W Mayunao, 25, s/o (late) Wungshang Mayainu of Nungsang Village, Ukhrul district and rifleman no. 5007573 Ashini, 20, s/o Kishandev of Punjab.

The jawans sustained minor splinter injuries during the blast. They have been admitted to RIMS Hospital for treatment.

According to an officer of Assam Rifles, the IED blast took place suddenly when the convoy consisting of three vehicles reached Sangkai Village along Ukhrul-Imphal Road as a part of their daily patrol. The injured personnel were travelling in one Tata 407 truck.

Some parts of the truck were also damaged during the blast, he added.

A massive manhunt was conducted in the area by the personnel of 23 Assam Rifles but no report of arrest was recieved.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack till the filing of this story.

Source: Imphal Free Press

 

 

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New lease of life for Hundung cement plant [The Sangai Express]

 

Quarrying work on at the Hundung Cement factory some time back

Quarrying work on at the Hundung Cement factory some time back

IMPHAL, Oct 17 : The defunct public sector enterprise Hundung Cement Factory would soon get a new lease of life as the State Government has agreed to lease it out to a private firm.

A high-ranking official of Commerce and Industries Department informed The Sangai Express that Super Ores Factory which is a partner of the Satyam Group of Industries based in Assam was given permission by the State Government to re-establish the Hundung Cement Factory and run it themselves.

Along with licensing the private company to re-establish the factory, the State Government has asked the private company to furnish its mining plan for leasing out the mining plant together with the defunct factory.

The factory would be re-established at Hundung itself, conveyed the official.

Commerce and Industries Department has already consulted with Power Department to provide adequate power necessary for re-establishing and running the cement factory.

The private company which would re-establish Hundung Cement Factory is the same company currently running a rolling steel mill for scrap metals at  Taphou in Senapati district.

It is reported that the company has set a target of manufacturing 1500 metric tonnes of cement everyday,  which is triple times higher from its earlier target of 500 metric tonnes per day.

Hundung, Phungyar and Meiring in Ukhrul have around 20 million metric tonnes of limestone  deposits.

Notably, limestone  is one of the basic raw materials required for manufacturing cement.

However, there are certain apprehensions on whether the State Government can give the necessary power for running the factory, conveyed the official.

On the other hand, limestones available in Ukhrul are being used by the Border Roads Organisation in repairing/developing Imphal-Ukhrul road.

Some of the limestone deposits have been already converted into quarrying sites.

Meanwhile, subsequent upon the Union Government’s consent to exploit chromite found in Ukhrul ad Chandel districts, the State Government has started issuing prospective licences.The State Government has also signed an undertaking with Orissa based private company Orient for mining chromite.

Source: The Sangai Express

Bomb attack on Imphal-Ukhrul Road, Assam Rifles men hurt [The Sangai Express]

Police near the spot where the bomb was planted

Police near the spot where the bomb was planted

IMPHAL, Oct 17 : At least three Assam Rifles personnel sustained injuries when their convoy was attacked by some suspected militants using bomb this morning near Sangkai village along Imphal-Ukhrul road under Litan police station.
A powerful bomb planted on the road-side hill slope exploded when a convoy of 23 Assam Rifles posted at Litan passed through the spot at about 5.30 am near Sangkai village which is around 34 Kms from Imphal.

The AR convoy consisting of two mini-trucks and one Gypsy was heading for Imphal when the bomb exploded suddenly.

The impact of the explosion fell on the foremost mini-truck causing injuries to two AR personnel and the driver.

The injured personnel have been identified as Sudhar VG (36) from Kerala, Ashini Kumar (28) from Punjab and Warengam Amyunao (25) from Ukhrul district. Ashini Kumar was the driver of the ill-fated truck.

All the injured personnel have been admitted in RIMS after they were brought here in an ambulance of 23 AR.

The explosive used in targeting the AR convoy is suspected to be remote-controlled IED and all its impact concentrated on a single direction.

On account of the bomb attack, traffic along Imphal-Ukhrul road was halted for sometime this morning.

Source: The Sangai Express

Many condemn attack on Medical Officer [ The Sangai Express ]

Ukhrul Oct 15: Condemnations over the attack on the Medical Officer of Ukhrul on October 1`0 at his quarters by unidentified gunmen continue to pour in with the Directorate of Health Services appealing to all to make hospital a free zone and urged the authority concerned to arrest the culprit at the earliest possible.

In a statement, the doctors and staff of the Health Directorate including the Director, S Ibomcha Singh said that the attack on the MO of Ukhrul Dr C Nelson Luikham was unfortunate and appealed and appealed to all to make the hospital a free zone. The staff also demanded the arrest of the culprit.

Joining condemnations, Ramthar Society, Ukhrul has also come out strongly against the life attempt on the MO.

Ramthar Society Chairman Kh Arun Kumar Singh said that the society urged all to give peace a chance.

Numerous Tangkhul organizations comprising TNL, TKS, TMNL, and TSL have also strongly condemned the attack on the doctor.

The organisations have also appealed for the rollback of the cease work strike called by the medical staff and association of the UDH in the larger interest of the poor patients. It further  asked the perpetrators not to repeat such dastardly act in the coming future in the interest of peace.

Source: The Sangai Express

 

With 20 days deadline set to expire on October 19 for AA…. UNC kickstarts mobilisation drive

Imphal, Oct 13 : The United Naga Council (UNC) has begun its mobilization in ‘Naga areas’ in Manipur regarding the ‘Alternative Arrangement’ model while asking the Nagas to remain prepared for any even-tuality after October 19.

Sources informed Newmai News Network tonight that under the aegis of the UNC the Naga leaders held its meeting in Chandel district headquarters on October 12 and a similar meeting was held in Ukhrul district on today.

The sources said 20 days time have been given to the Government of India to fulfil the demand for the ‘Alternative Arrangement’ for the Nagas in Manipur.

“We are mobilising the people in Naga areas asking them to remain prepared to face any eventuality if our demand is not met by October 19,” said the sources.

It is worth noting that on October 3 last, the United Naga Council (UNC) had threatened to agitate in the manner it had violently resorted to last year if the demand for the ‘alternative arrangement’ outside the Government of Manipur is not granted within 20 days counting from September 29.

The UNC said it had communicated with New Delhi on September 29 in connection with the ‘alternative arrangement’ for the Nagas in Manipur.

Highlighting the background on the demand for the ‘alternative arrangement’,  the UNC had  said, “ When the tripartite talk of the government of Manipur , government of India and the Nagas in Manipur under the aegis of the United Naga Council(UNC) was initiated by the Hon’ble Home Minister of India in September 2010, the agitation programme launched by the Nagas in Manipur to demand for the intervention of the government of India with an alternative arrangement outside the government of Manipur was withdrawn as a confidence building measure for all concerned.

Now after more than 1 year of submission of the memorandum in demand of alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur and three rounds of tripartite talk, there has been no forward movement in addressing the core issue of the demand.

On the other hand, the democratic process of dialogue has been subjected to the comfort, approach and position of the communal government of Manipur,” said the UNC today. It had also said the situation in the present state of Manipur, it had been reiterated, is fragile, sensitive and delicate with grave potential for communal confrontation and violence which could possibly lead to catastrophic consequences.

The UNC added that the democratic process of tripartite talk had kept in check the injured sentiments of the Nagas in Manipur with the expectation of a peaceful negotiation. But now the Nagas are of the considered view that nothing positive can come out of the tripartite talk. But the suppression and exploitation of the Nagas in particular and the tribals in general by the communal government of Manipur cannot be allowed to continue any further, the Naga body stated.

“Therefore in a communication to the Government of India on the 29th of September, 2011, the United Naga Council , in response to the former’s request for a “concept paper” on alternative arrangement for the consideration of the govrnment of Manipur, has requested the government of India to initiate the process of intervention with an alternative arrangement outside the government of Manipur for the Nagas in Manipur within 20 days of that date and should the same be not forthcoming, the Nagas will have no option but to revert back to sustained agitation till our demand for an alternative arrangement is met. This stand has been taken because the demand for alternative arrangement cannot be a matter of consideration by the government of Manipur and to urge for an early intervention by the government of India”,  the UNC had cautioned.

Source: The Sangai Express

Ukhrul doctor shot at, hurt

 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.

After first aid at the district hospital Dr Nelson has been brought to Imphal for further treatment.

Our Ukhrul correspondent reports :
Strongly condemning the incident, doctors and staff of Ukhrul District Hospital held a meeting today and decided to cease work with immediate effect. The agitation will continue until and unless the culprit/s are arrested and their motive let known to the public. The OPD remained closed today. The Khampasom locals have also also strongly condemned the life attempt on the doctor and termed the attack as cowardly and heinous. The local people have asked the attackers not to disturb the peace of the area.

 

Source: The Sangai Express