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Ticket allotment issues likely to turn state BJP office into war field

Imphal, Jan 20: As opined by various political expert, BJP Manipur Pradesh office here in Imphal is likely to become a war field with aspirant candidates which had been denied party ticket now revolt. Officially, no announcement of candidate has been made at the time of filing this report, but report published on various newspapers of Imphal area base on their respective sources has made curious to many of the intending candidates. “Since early morning today I have been receiving calls from various party men inquiring about the list”, an important functionary of the BJP said while talking to this reporter. He assured that the final list for the first phase has been prepared for 31 constituencies but it is not officially announced. Meanwhile large number of supporters of their respective candidates today thronged to the BJP Manipur Pradesh at Keishampat. Sloagan shouting justice for their supporters were heard shouted. “It is expected and for popular party these thing are common, some will get and some will not be lucky enough”, said the party functionary. he said as it is expected the BJP authority had already informed the DGP to provide adequate security forces to ensure that no unwanted element cause trouble at the party office.

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The hopeless future

Manipur, as in any other part of the world, has been witnessing an increasing number of disturbances and social unrest over the years. This may be attributed to the increasing awareness of the general public of the system of governance, assertion of their rights and an increasing participation in the public administrative process. Various agitations and protests have been staged by social and public organisations demanding myriad issues. The one common , and perhaps the most effective method of protest that the agitating groups have been increasingly resorting to for realization of their grievances and demands, is the blockade- blocking and obstruction of public roads. This method has been so effective to the point of being the “weapon of choice” in any agitation or protest and has come to be expected of any event involving any form of agitation. What led to the adoption of such a form of protest- is there no other option for showing or airing grievances and demands? Who are the real victims of such a blockade? The fact that the Government has not taken up any serious work to render such practices ineffective shows that it is of little consequence to the people who matters- to whom the agitations and demands are meant to be targeted at. Denial of use of public facilities by a few groups or individuals and disrupting normal activities in their quest to get their demands is not a prudent act of a civilized mindset- but then a civilized mindset will not be resorting to such an act to begin with. True- spontaneous public anger and uprisings have taken place, and while they are not to be justified, their outbursts can be understandable. The continuing use of public roads- namely the state and inter-state roads by various ethnic groups to push for their demands putting a majority of the remaining public to much inconvenience is a case in point. A valid point – a genuine cause can and should be settled through the court of law. Unjustifiable and irrational demands, however sentimental the reasons be, should not be pursued through such disruptive means – not to mention the unfortunate few who were forced to use the roads during such bouts of agitations due to unavoidable circumstances. All said and done- the public as well as the Government has to find a better and more civilized method of airing grievances and to resolve the same with utmost immediacy without which such forms of protests will lead to more counter protests and ultimately turn this small and unstable state into a cauldron of violence, mayhem and anarchy.

Ex Minister’s son convicted 5 years rigorous imprisonment on Rozer murder case

Imphal, Jan 20: District and session Judge Manipur, Maibam Manojkumar today convicted 5 years rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs. 10 lakh to son of former Minister N. Biren, Nongthombam Ajay, the accused in Irom Rozer murder. On January 6, this year , the court found the accused guilty of ”homicide not amounting to murder” (304 section ii) by an Imphal sessions court. However, the quantum of sentence was reserved and scheduled on Jan 11. But later again it was postponed and fixed today. The verdict was announced today in a pack court room of the District and session judge Imphal. Nongthombam Ajay, then 17, was accused of shooting 21 years old Irom Rozer on March 21 in 2011 at Tiddim road near Ghari after an altercation during the Holi festivities in 2011. The victim Rozer was shot on the highway that passes in front of Imphal’s Tulihal Airport. Former Minister, N. Biren, who is also the spokesperson of BJP Manipur Pradesh, brought his accused son to the police and made him surrender to the law enforcers.

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Search operation

Imphal, Jan 20: As a part of security measures ahead of the Indian republic day, state force has been conducting various search operation to flush out anti social lection. A team of Imphal West Police commando and Lamphel police led by its SDPO today conducted a cordon and conducted house to house search operation at Nagaram, Tangkhul avenue areas. The operation started at 0530 hours and was closed at 0700 hours. A total of 12 persons including 4 women were picked up and handed over to Lamphel ps for further verification. The operation was led by Shri Wangkhomba, Lamphel SDPO and Shri Rojit Irom, Dy.S.P (cdo), IW under the supervision of Additional SP(Ops)/ IW Dr S. Ibomcha Singh.

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