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4 including two minors arrested for assaulting non locals

Police cyber crime unit traced down the accused after a video of the 4 boys assaulting a non local was found spreading on social media

Imphal, June 9: ‘A stitch in time saves nine’ – this time the state cyber crime unit of the Manipur Police department did a commendable job by acting on time. 4 boys accused of a crime scene in which a non local boy was brutally assaulted, caught on video and found uploaded on social media were arrested within 24 hours by the state police department led by Additional SP of Imphal West Dr. S Ibomcha.
Among the four accused arrested today morning,  two have been identified as Maibam Rajson Singh (19 yrs ) S/O M. Lemba Singh of Nagamapal Kangjabi Leirak Machin and Maibam Rajbirshal Singh(18 yrs) S/O M. Lemba Singh of Nagamapal Kangjabi Leirak Machin. The identity of the other two accused cannot be disclosed as both are minors.
Many people who had seen the video spreading on a social networking site expressed shock and condemnation of the bestial act.  Some said the boys were trying to sabotage the peoples’ movement for introduction of ILPS in the state which has nothing to do with the presence of non-locals in the state.

“ILPS is not something to harass the non local migrants, but it is for the protection of the cultural and traditional identities of the people and its land, such brutality to any community is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the peoples’ genuine demand, I expressed my sincere gratitude to the police department for responding without delay to punish those criminals”, said Boyton, a computer operator of a private office here in Imphal.
“I have seen the video, it was bad very bad”, said Hijam Rajesh, editor of a reputed newspaper published here in Imphal.  

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An opportune breather

While the valley area of the state is just about starting to limp back towards what one could expectantly term as relative normalcy, the tribals who are against the alleged Anti-Tribal Bills have imposed a total shutdown on all tribal areas of Manipur- a vindictive move often carried out to counter any movement or process the tribal bodies contend are against their interest. The protracted tussle between the different communities residing in the state has rendered any progressive activities incomplete and untenable, not to mention the deepening social chasm that is threatening to tear the fragile social fabric beyond repair. The past few months in the buildup to the all political party delegation heading to the national capital to obtain assent of the three Bills from the president of India has been a chaotic and disturbing one, to put it mildly. Now that two of the Bills- The Manipur Land Reform and Land Revenue (Seventh Amendment) Bill 2015 and The Shops & Establishment (2nd Amendment) Bill 2015 are currently being examined by a panel of experts for reasonable conclusion, while the third and the real object of contention- The Protection of Manipur People Bill 2015 have been handed down without the assent of the President of India to be re-examined by legal & Constitutional experts for a new legislation to protect and preserve the indigenous people of Manipur looking into all aspects of Hill and Valley people of Manipur. While the opposing parties have their reservations about the whole outcome evident in the way both reacted to the development, the bewildered public is still at a loss as to what to make of it all. Has the announcement of a cease-work strike just after news of the outcome in the national capital mean that the whole movement and the months of agitations and relentless protests have been in vain? Or is the total shutdown of all tribal areas in Manipur a way of demonstrating the frustrations of the tribal people who would have nothing of the notion of a device to safeguard the interests and the very future of the indigenous inhabitants of the land?

If there has to be any sort of progress or hope of a breakthrough from the rut the much maligned and contended Bill have been stuck in, now is the perfect time, and the state government should abstain from politicizing the issue which will rake up more and unwanted distractions proving the whole process an exercise in futility, and more frighteningly, might possibly turn out to be that spark igniting the dormant social tensions and exploding into an uncontrollable internecine feud wiping out the very future for which the social movement is being launched. Now that the points of contention from both the opposing parties have been laid bare, the state government and the central government should take proactive steps to allay the fears of the people in the state and make earnest efforts to resolve the issue in the interest of the public which has been at the receiving end for as long as anyone cared to remember.

PCI begins hearing on attack to journalists

Imphal, June 9: Press Council of India (PCI) today commenced hearing of different cases on journalist’s safety across the country at its conference hall at Lodhi Road, New Delhi today. General Secretary of Editor Guild’s Manipur, Yumnam Rupachandra is attending the hearing as the PCI intimated for his presence at the hearing to recount the hardship faced by the journalists in Manipur. PCI had taken up a Suo moto cognizance with regards to threats received by media organisations, Editors and working journalists in Manipur particularly the bomb threat to Y Rupachandra by a proscribed armed group.
The 11 member penal of the PCI after hearing the Editors’ Guild General Secretary Yumnam Rupachandra’s statement has recommended setting up a SIT to prove aggression against journalists in Manipur as well as constituting a Rapid Action Team to look into the complaints of the journalists. According to report reaching here the State government was represented by counsel Naresh Kumar. On the behalf of the Manipur government he reportedly prayed for more time to reply but was berated by the Chairman. Chairman asked him to take the matter seriously. He also gave Manipur government four weeks to reply. On the issue of NIA orders asking disclosure of sources he said the committee was examining it as it was already brought to the knowledge of committee but said the journalists were free to file a complaint.

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Panic buying jam oil depots around Imphal area

Imphal, June 9: With the announcement of 24 hours total shut down followed by 10 days economic blockade by the JAC formed against the passing of the 3 ILPS related Bills and the Outer Manipur Tribals’ Forum (OMTF), an apex body of the Hmar Inpui, Mizo People Convention, Thadou Inpi, United Naga Council and Zomi Council since yesterday midnight, panic buying of fuel at almost all oil depots in Imphal area caused traffic jam in and around the areas of Oil depots located in Imphal city.
Since early morning vehicles were seen lining up in queues at almost all the petrol depots at Moirangkhom, Kakwa, Uripok, Nongmeibung, Hatta and North AOC, which is the main route for commuters. Following the chaotic situation some of the oil depot had stopped distributing oil stating that the fuel are out of stock. Placard with words, Petrol & diesel are out of stock at almost all oil depot located at Imphal. Some had started distributing for around 1 hours and latter stopped saying that fuels are out of stock.
The JAC and other tribal bodies yesterday resolved on a 24 hours total shut down in all tribal inhabited today followed by 10 days economic blockade in both the National High way. United Naga Council (UNC) had also extended its support to the bandh called by the JAC formed against the 3 Bill.

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