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Items filtered by date: Thursday, 05 November 2015 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

The AFSPA is not an issue again for Congress and BJP


By-election is round the corner. And now the heavy weight politicians will be making false promises to the people once more. It is now clear the fight opponent in this upcoming by-election in Thonju and Thangmeiband Assembly constituencies will be the Congress who is power in the state and the BJP which is in power at the centre. Main issues that the people faces here are of no important to any of the two political party, but once more people will elect either of the two who had ignored the 15 years long protest of Irom Sharmila for repeal of inhumane draconian act AFSPA.
Both the congress and the BJP have valid point to remain silence on the armed forces special powers act.  But why the act is only required in North eastern part of India and the state of Jammu and Kashmir, besides knowing that the temperament of crime is much more hostile in some part of the Northern India. Everyone knows that armed rebels killed at least 20 jawan in Chhattisgarh and every Inidan still could not forget the serial blasts in Mumbai and also the terrorist attack at Parliament some few years back. The intensity of the crime committed in those mainland Indian states including attack in the parliament was much more terrorizing than those happen in the state of Manipur or Nagaland. Why the government is not enforcing AFSPA at those states? If the intention for enforcement of the Act is for maintenance of the law and order situations, why is the act not enforce in states like, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh where the problems of naxalites and armed Maoist insurgents are going out of control. This is clear message of biased attitude of the Indian government amongst its own citizens. Bad or good, if the government felt it necessary for the act to be implemented, which the people often criticized as “draconian”, it should be enforced in the whole of the nation. Why is the act required only in the North Eastern part of the country and in Jammu and Kashmir and not in any other part of the country?

The stand of both the BJP and the Congress on the issue of AFSPA, no doubt prove that people in the North eastern states of the country and Jammu and Kashmir are still treated as second class citizen.
May be both the political party might have been considering that money and muscle power is still a way to win the election that is why the leaders of both the state unit leaders may require the act to please their central leadership.

UNC lifts 10 days economic blockade

United Naga Council (UNC) has lifted the 10 days economic Blockade as well as the ban on the construction of National and International Project from 4 pm today evening. Newmai News Network reports said that the decision to lift the economic blockade as well as the ban on construction of National and International project was taken during a meeting held today.
UNC president Gaidon Kamei while speaking to Newmai News Network stated that the decision to lift the blockade came after the government of India assured them to look into the “prevailing situation”.
The UNC called the 10 days economic blockade that began on Monday midnight to protest against three bills — Protection of Manipur People Bill, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill and Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill — which were passed by the Assembly on August 31.

The UNC was also protesting a House resolution taken on the same day urging the Centre to amend Article 3 of the Constitution so that taking prior consent of the affected states becomes mandatory while forming a new state.
Indian Interlocutor to the NSCN-IM –GOI peace talk, RN Ravi who had visited the state while meeting the senior citizens on Tuesday here in Imphal had stated that he had appealed the UNC to lift the economic blockade.

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Headmaster murder: Agitators ransack Irilbung police station, 8 agitators injured

Tension continues to grip Keirao Makting as a large number of people from Keirao Makting on Thursday stormed the Irilbung police station demanding arrest of the accused involved in the killing of headmaster Md Hasmad. Under the aegis of JAC against the brutal killing of Md Hasmad alias Babu, a public meeting was held at the Keirao Makting Youth Club ground. Following the meeting, a large number of Keirao Makting locals, mainly youths stormed the Irilbung police station this morning at about 9 am.
The agitators vandalized the police sentry post, sign board erected at the gate of the police station compelling the cops to fire tear gas shells. At least, 8 agitators sustained injury in police action to control the mob. It took many hours for police to control the mob. Addl forces of Imphal east police too rushed to the spot to control the mob.
The infuriated agitators also blocked Imphal-Yairipok road at the Irilbung Keithel thereby causing  high inconveniences to the passersby, school going students. Irilbung Keithel was completely paralysed on the day. Later on, representatives of the JAC and OC of the Police station held talk. Md Hasmad (55) of Keirao Makting Awang Leikai, headmaster of Keirao Makting UJB School was lynched to death at KoMngba akha Nandeibam Leikai, Imphal East district under Irilbung police station in the wee hours of November 2 for allegedly stealing a calf.
JAC against the Brutal Killing of Md Hasmad Ali alias Babu convenor Md Rajauddin while maintaining that Hasmad Ali was a soft-spoken and upright teacher, dismissed the allegation that he was attempting to steal a calf. He said that JAC has been demanding the government to arrest all those involved in the killing directly and indirectly and to award befitting punishment according to law of the land.
However, police is yet to arrest the culprits behind the murder compelling the people to storm the police station. JAC also demanded that adequate compensation and a suitable Government job should be given to the family of the deceased. Until and unless all these demands are translated into action, the corpse would not be claimed, he said. It may be recalled that locals ablset aze house of one suspect Md Matlif who is a neighbour of Hasmat on Nov 2.

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Misuse of MGNREGS fund: Ombudsman directs DC to initiate disciplinary action against officials

MGNREGS Ombudsman of Imphal East has issued directive to District Programme Co-ordinator, MGNREGA/Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East to initiate “appropriate disciplinary action” against officials and individuals who were allegedly involved in “criminal misconduct and misappropriation of funds” while executing MGNREGS work.
These officials include a Programme Officer, MGNREGA/Block Development Officer, Imphal East-I CD Block;  the Panchayat Secretary, Haraurou-Tangkham Gram Panchayat; the Gram Rozgar Sahayak, Haraurou-Tangkham Gram Panchayat and the Section Officer /Technical Assistant and they have been involved in the implementation of the construction of Pucca drain of both sides of IVR from Ahanjao Lampak to Kalika Lairembi.
The District Programme Co-ordinator, MGNREGA/Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East has also been directed to lodge a complaint to the Police Station concerned for “drawing an FIR against (i) the then Programme Officer, MGNREGA/Block Development Officer, Imphal East-I CD Block (ii) the Panchayat Secretary, Haraurou-Tangkham Gram Panchayat, (iii) the Gram Rozgar Sahayak, Haraurou-Tangkham Gram Panchayat and (iv) the Section Officer /Technical Asst. concerned who are involved in the implementation of said work of construction of Pucca drain of both sides of IVR from Ahanjao Lampak to Kalika Lairembi under MGNREGS for misappropriation of fund and criminal misconduct  including forging of signatures of the workers immediately under intimation to this office.”
According to a document, the District Programme Co-ordinator, MGNREGA/Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East has been asked to initiate action for issuing criminal prosecution sanction against the then Programme Officer, MGNREGA/Block Development Officer, Imphal East-I CD Block; the Panchayat Secretary, Haraurou-Tangkham Gram Panchayat; the Gram Rozgar Sahayak, Haraurou-Tangkham Gram Panchayat and the Section Officer /Technical Asst for trial at the earliest. According to sources, the Ombudsman is said to have asked the complainants that they were at liberty to file a complaint to the Police against the erring parties and also to appropriate forums if they desires so.
Sources said it was evident from the reply submitted by erring parties and four affidavits submitted by the complainants and also from minute perusal of “admitted and disputed signatures” of the complainants, there was prima facie materials to show impersonation and forgery of signature in the muster rolls.
It has been observed that it was serious offence committed by the erring parties and thereby misappropriating funds allocated under the Act and Scheme for the welfare of rural poor.

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Accused of Gandhamani Killing case arrested

Waikhong Police on November 4 arrested the man who murder Khumukcham Gandhamani Devi of Kakching Khunou with hammer on October 25. She died on October 28.
The arrested man was identified as one Elangbam Inao @ Pungyeiba (43), S/O (L) Elangbam Tombi of Hiyanglam Warak Khong. He is a teacher of Manipuri Traditional Drum (Pung). Police said the accused was arrested yesterday at around 3 PM from Thanga, Bishenpur District. The accused was having an affair with the deceased women and has admitted the murdered case following argument on that unfaithful night, said Police.
Sources said, tension arises today morning at around 10 and police fired tear gas shells in controlling mob who marched towards the resident of the culprit. Later the situation was under controlled after Meira Paibis and JAC formed against the killing of Gandhamani came to a level of agreement. 

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Search operation

In view of the upcoming Sangai Festival starting on November 21, Imphal Police Station in association with Imphal West Police Commando today conducted a search operation at Kekru Villa and Kabow Leikai at North AOC. The search operation was carried out under the supervision of Additional SP (Operation) Th. Bikramjit and assisted by DSP (Operation) Sachidananda, DSP (CDO) Netrajit, DSP (Operation) Bazaar Unit,  Krishnatombi and CDO OC Sanjoy from 11 this morning to 12.15 noon. Suspected 60 men and 17 women were picked for further verification.

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BSNL activities freezes as employees begin pen down strike

Almost all activities of BSNL including receiving of telephone, mobile and internet billing service has been completely put on hold as the employees of the BSNL Manipur begins pen down strike from today. The employees are demanding transfer of GM of BSNL Manipur Lunkim for allegedly assaulting an SDE of the BSNL over a petty matter in front of other employees. The incident happened some days back and the employees had earlier demonstrated protest demanding apology from the GM. As the GM fail to apologize the BSNL employees begins pen down strike freezing all activities of the BSNL Manipur.

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‘Works for Sangai Festival executing in complete transparency’

Tourism Secretary Govt. of Manipur Nidhi Mani Triveti today said that there is no misappropriation of fund in the ongoing construction works for the upcoming Sangai Festival. Speaking to media persons at Secretariat Conference Hall, Nidhi said that any groups or individuals can come forward to check the file works and its executions of works at her office room.
“ The tourism department has been working whole heartedly with total transparency for successful hosting of the mega tourism festival “, she said. She further added that the Sangai festival will attempt to showcase and promote best of what the state  has to the world in terms of art and culture, Handloom, handicrafts, and fine arts, indigenous sport and scenic natural beauty of the land she added.

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Dead body found at Uyok Hill

Dead body of a male was found hanging on a tree deep inside the hill of Kalika Uyok Ching, Imphal-East under Irilbung PS by some mushroom searchers today.
Locals have identified the body as one Sanasam Rajesh, aged 23 staying at his Auntie’s place at Irilbung bazaar. One of the local who knew Sanasam Rajesh said that Sanasam Rajesh went out from home on October 22 morning for skin treatment at JNIMS and since that day he is been missing until his body was discovered by some mushroom searchers today morning at around 11:30 am. The body has been decomposed and it has already spread foul smell at the surrounding area where the body was found hung.

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PLA cadre held

Troops of Red Shield Division apprehended one PLA cadre from Zou Veng, Churachandpur. Based on a specific input regarding the presence of a PLA cadre, the troops of the Division launched an operation on 02 Nov 2015 at around 1800Hr. The party reached the location, carried out a thorough search of the loc & apprehended a cadre with Army No. 24163, batch year 2001, SS Pvt, Mayanglambam Tomba Singh @ Ton @ Nongnanlakpa, aged 27 years, S/O Late Jotishor Singh, R/O village Tuibong& District  Churachandpur  (Manipur). The apprehendee was handed over to Police Station CCPur.

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