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Uripok Homicide: Father of accused narrates the other side story

Imphal, June 7: Father of Khongbanbtabam Hitler, the accused arrested in connection with the twin homicide case at which 60 years old RK Lakhipiyari and her 30 years old pregnant daughter Monica were found brutally murdered on May 30, today narrate the other side story of the accuse at Manipur press club today.
Khongbantabam Imocha said that he was not allowed to meet his son since the time he was arrested in connection with the case.
Day before yesterday, a mob vandalized the residence of Hitler at Uripok Khumanthem Leikai  after report about confession by Hitler on the killing was spread from unknown source.
Imocha, father of Hitler said that on the day of the incident his son return from his shop at Mantripukhri at around 2.30 pm as the day was bandh. Later he went to his friend’s place at Nagamapal Thingel till 3.05 pm and from there he went to one of his friend (Naobicha ) at Uripok Bachaspati Leikai at around 3.15 pm.. After watching TV for around 4/5 minutes at Naobicha’s place he came out from the house asking Naobicha to follow. After some minutes Naobicha too went out and found Hitler waiting in his vehicle by smoking a cigarette.

As the road was narrow both back the vehicle passing Soram Tomba’s house.
Imocha said that it was raining that time and how come that his son Hitler did not get wet if he happen to walk out of his vehicle.
Imocha further said that he has been expecting justice from the authority but contrary to that before the investigation is yet to begin to find out the truth he and his family has been put into trouble.
Khongbantabam Imocha further appealed authority to investigate over the matter so that justice be done to the deceased mother and daughter as well as to his son.     

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A call against ‘Mob justice’


The most basic purpose of an exercise is to make the whole process involved in that particular exercise become second nature, or in other words, become attuned to the requirements of that exercise. There are certain social exercises that needs to be performed without any let-up especially by those of us in the Media if certain collective behavior or social inclinations are to be highlighted and changed if needed- for good or bad, and one of the most important issue that has to be brought out in the open and discussed without any reservations or preconceived notions is the increasing instances of what can only be ironically termed ‘Mob justice’.
For a community drunk in the reflected glory of our ancestors, it is shameful that we still are unable to reign in our bestial instincts and give rationality a chance to play out its role in the society. The latest unfortunate incident of the mob serving ‘justice’ for the crime of an alleged double murderer once again raises the uncomfortable question on the validity of the decision of a collective group, even though the incident touched a raw nerve and angered every single rationale human. Even more alarming is the fact that a section of the public deemed it their privilege to discard the law of the land or disrupt the process of law in destroying the property of the accused and ostracizing the family. The very incident also clearly projects the primal mindset of generalizing or attributing people into packs or groups.

While the accused, if proven guilty deserves the harshest of punishment under the law of the land and certainly deserves no sympathy whatsoever, it would be highly unlikely to even suggest that the whole family is involved in the alleged crime, or is encouraged to commit the crime. It would be humanly impossible for the guardians of the law and the security forces to apprehend and dole out justice the very moment a crime is committed. The state security and investigating authorities truly deserves a round of applause for the excellent work of taking up the lead and pulling up the suspect in such a short period of time. If we expect them to perform up to their maximum potential, then we need to encourage and assist them in our maximum capacity as ideal citizens rather than to obstruct and view their efforts with suspicion.
We have come a long way since the evolution of humans a few billion years ago. We have the good fortune of being able to keep pace with the rest of the world in almost every aspect of life- be it fashion, technology, news and informed views, food, culture and arts. But there is still the pressing need to change our mindset to enable new ideas and views to have a chance of taking root. We need to open up and take charge of our emotions. We need to be the change we are striving for, and mob mentality should not be given even an iota of space to work its insidious designs. We have to speak up and speak out as frequently and clearly as required until such blot on the society is removed.

5 Councillors of LMC joins NPP

Imphal, June 7: 5 Councillors of Lilong Municipal Council in Thoubal district today joined Nationalist Peoples Party (NPP). NPP is a major partner of the BJP led Manipur government in the state. A reception function of the 5 councillors was held today a Hotel Classic today. Deputy Chie Minister Y Joykumar attended the reception function as the Chief Guest while Thangminlen Kipgen, President NPP Manipur State presided over the function. IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip, Minister for Tribal Affairs N Kaisii , NPP Women Wing President Satyabati graced the occasion as dignitaries.   

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UJJWALA domestic connections to BPL beneficiaries begins in the state

Imphal, June 7: Installations of Ujjwala domestic LPG connection to BPL beneficiaries have already begun in many areas of Thoubal District and Imphal East District. The Pradhan Mantri UjjwalaYojana (PMUY) was launched in the state on June 5,            2017 (Monday) by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh and Minister of State (DoNER)      Shri Dr. Jitendra Singh.
In Thoubal District today, house to house LPG connections under PMUY were given to beneficiaries by M/s Athokpam Indane Service. Subscription vouchers/customer’s document was also given to the beneficiaries.
On Tuesday (June 6, 2017) M/s RBD Indane Service, Lamlai completed 18 installations to 18 BPL beneficiaries. RBD Indane and Sawombung Indane at Imphal East and M/s Lambodara Indane, Mantripukhri at Heingang also began immediate LPG installations providing LPG connections to BPL families. Beneficiaries in Lamlai Sekta who never had LPG connections were given Ujjwala domestic LPG connections by RBD Indane.
The BPL beneficiaries were provided affordable stoves/burner and given demonstrations on how to use the stove and the regulator. Safety tips were also explained and emergency number 1906 (one nine zero six) in case of leakage was written on the walls of the kitchen. Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the Central Government is allocating financial assistance of Rs 1,600/-, which includes security deposit fee of a 14.2 kg LPG cylinder, pressure regulator, suraksha LPG hose, DGCC booklet and installation cost for the distributor.
The Socio-Economic Caste census as per 2011 census, 2,43,939 ( two lakh forty three thousand nine hundred and thirty nine) beneficiaries are eligible for the scheme. The total Ujjwala KYC enrolled as on 01-06-2017 is 5,104 (five thousand one hundred and four).
Ujjwala domestic LPG connections are given to women from BPL families in their own names based on their Aadhar cards and bank accounts. The objective of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is to provide deposit free 5 crore cooking gas (LPG) connections to women from below-poverty-line (BPL) households over 3 years from 2016-17 to 2018-2019.

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Legal camp cum environment day held

Thoubal, June 7: Under the aegis of Manipur State Legal Services Authority, Manipur, Women Foundation Yairipok, District Legal Services Authority Thoubal and Legal Aid Clinic Yairipok jointly conducted a legal awareness camp and World Environment Day observation at Eastern Blooming Flowers School at Ukhongshang.

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Indefinite MI road bandh threatened

Imphal, June 7 :  A local organisation in Mayang Imphal has on Wednesday threatened to impose indefinite Mayai Lambi (MI road) bandh if the concerned authority does not stop the ongoing construction of a Sulabh Toilet Complex at a road side connecting Mayang Imphal bazaar. 
“We cannot accept construction of the community toilet complex at Konchak side. Such a move is against the people’s wishes,” Keithel Changba Lambi Kanba Lup convenor M Munindro told media at Konchak.
He said there will be an indefinite bandh on Mayai Lambi if the authority does not halt the ongoing construction work within three days. Mayang Imphal is a town in Imphal West. The Municipal Corporation there had planned to build the Sulabh Toilet Complex back in 2016, but was dropped after strong opposition from the locals at Konchak.
Munindro said there are three key roads, including the one at Konchak, connecting Mayang Imphal Bazaar.
He also threatened to lock down the Municipal Corporation office located at the town if the construction is not stopped.

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Awareness Programme

Thoubal,June.7: District Office of Handloom & Textiles, Thoubal in association with Weavers Service Centre, Imphal on Wednesday organized a an awareness programme on Cluster Development Project Under the North Eastern Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) at Athokpam Handloom Cluster,Thoubal.
M.Ibohal Singh Asst.Director (Weaving) WSC Imphal, Ch.Tombi Devi Project Manager DOHT Thoubal and W.Chaoba Singh Ward Member of Ward no.6 Thoubal Municipal Council graced the program as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively. The programme was participated by women Weavers and of Athokpam area.

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I wonder if any of our MLAs, Ministers know about Azurama village- Chief

Laishram Ranbir
Imphal, June 7:  Even after 70 years of Independence, people of Azurama, e remote village in Tamenglong district, Manipur, had never seen competent government authorities or the elected representatives visiting the village.
Namsulin Kamei, Chairman of Azuram Village, while talking to Imphal Times wanders if any of the Ministers or MLAs of the Manipur Legislative Assembly knows that there is village called Azuram in Tamenglong district.
Change of government makes no difference, as conditions remain the same, the village chief added.
 Azuram village is about 110 Km from Imphal, and is about 11 Km from Tousem sub divisional headquarter. The district head quarter is just 27 Km from the village.
Most of the villagers speak Meiteilon (manipuri) and Zelaiangrong Language and as for religion, they follow Christianity.
 “During campaign for the 11th State Assembly Election, NPF candidate Awangbou Newmai who is now an MLA once visited Azuram village to woo his voters and since then he haven’t shown up despite knowing the conditions of the village  mainly in transportation, electric supply, etc”, said the chairman of the village. The village is home to 1030 people of 197 houses with an average of 5 persons each in every family.
Even though the village is not far from the Tamenglong district head quarter, it took almost one day to reach the village due to the dilapidated road condition.  
Talking to Imphal Times a villager said that, government had installed an electric transformer in 2006 but the village get electricity only two times in December 2016 and January 2017.
Health care facility to the village is a far away dream. After the country celebrates 70 years of Independence there has not been a single health care center in the village. Thanks to the nearby army post at least the villagers get first aid treatment in case of emergency.
A team of Royal Riders Manipur (RRM), recently conducted a free medical camp in the village. Villagers said this is the second medical camp witness by the villagers in 70 years, the first being conducted by state health department years back.
Apart from all the trouble, Paddy rice, maize, potato, cabbage, cereals are the main economic crops of the village where rice is the staple food. Poultry and fishery are common as well as orange cultivation.

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