Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - Imphal Times

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Mumbai, April 22

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the Maharashtra police chief, in connection with the recent incident of lynching of three persons in Palghar district and called for a detailed report within four weeks, on action taken against culprits and relief granted to kin of the deceased.
Based on a complaint in connection with the incident, a notice has been issued to the Maharashtra director general of police (DGP) over the mob lynching, in the presence of police personnel in Palghar district on April 16, the NHRC statement said.
The commission has observed that the incident is apparently indicative of “negligence by the public servants”. The death of the three persons in such a cruel manner by an unruly mob, that too during the ongoing countrywide lockdown under extra vigil by the administration and police, amounts to “gross violation of the right to life of the victims”, it said.
 The saints of “Juna Akhara”, Swami Kalpvrikshgiri (70), Swami Sushilgiri (35) and their driver Neelesh Telgade (30), were brutally attacked reportedly by the local tribals, between 9.30 PM and 10 PM at Gadchinchale village, on 16 April. They were on their way to Surat (in Gujarat) to attend a funeral of their guru Sri Mahant Ramgiri. They were travelling from Kandivali (in North Mumbai) to Surat. The villagers stopped their vehicle and began attacking them on suspicion that they were thieves/ child lifters. Eventually all the three died on the spot.
In all 101 persons have been arrested and remanded to police custody till 30 April and 9 juveniles have been sent to remand homes. The incident has sent shock waves across the country with seers threatening to gherao the Maharashtra Government.
 On Tuesday, Mahant Narendragiri Maharaj, President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad said in Nashik (Maharashtra) that lakhs of Naga sadhus will march to Maharashtra from all over the country if the state government fails to take stringent action against the accused.
The Naga Sadhus, literally meaning ‘Naked Yogis’, are a part of the Shaivite sadhus. Their physical appearance of ash-covered bodies and matted dreadlocks resembling Lord Shiva comes from being Shaivites or followers of Lord Shiva. Even today, they carry tridents.
In the meanwhile a blame game between political parties is on with opposition BJP squarely blaming the Maharashtra Government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for the incidenr. BJP has also blamed CPM and has claimed that the accused named in the FIR include 5 workers of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and one worker belonging the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP). The CPM workers are: Jairam Dhak Bhavar, Mahesh Sitaram Raote, Ganesh Deoji Rao, Ramdas Rupaji Asare and Sunil Somaji Raote. Sitaram Chowdhary, NCP worker and Panchayat Samiti member has also been named in the FIR. Some of the main culprits are still absconding, BJP sources have claimed.

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Chandel, April 22

YAS and Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip had chaired the review meeting to discuss the measures taken to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19, including distribution and availability of essential items of the two districts of Chandel and Tengnoupal. It may be mentioned that the containment efforts are regarded to be of paramount importance in these two districts as they share international territorial boundary with the neighbouring country Myanmar, and Letpao has been assigned as the District-in charge for supervision of these two districts.
The CMOs and SPs, in the meeting today, brought up the major issues faced by them—mostly in fencing and guarding the porous Indo-Myanmar border, and the shortage of basic medical-related items such as masks, PPEs and good-conditioned ambulance vehicles.
Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Letpao said that the challenging part under his supervision is that more than 90% of the population of the villages located in border areas have heavily relied on Myanmar for the basic needs for their survival. But they have been facing severe hardship now with the sealing of the border fencing and the hindrances and restrictions faced by them to get essential items from Imphal. So, the focus now has to be on the opening of fair price shops availing essential items at certain locations of Chandel and Tengnoupal at the earliest, he added. Here, it is worth mentioning that the State Cabinet meeting held few days back had resolved to open fair price shops in certain designated areas throughout the state for availability of essential items without overpricing.
The Minister also hinted that better and more effective tackling measures will be arranged in border-lying villages as it has been reported that some Manipuri prisoners at Myanmar Jail will be freed by the Myanmarese authorities, and they should not bring any COVID-19 related health dangers upon their return.
He further added that to boost the morale of the police personnel who have been frontlining in containing this pandemic, rice items will be supplied from his personal side to the police teams deployed in these two districts.
In spite of the fear looming large over the location of these districts in the border,  Letpao appealed that so far, there has not been any serious issues arising out of these pandemic in the districts and the two district administrations along with the respective medical and police have been successful in containing the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who have been quarantined had successfully completely, and those remaining undergoing are also doing fine as of now.  He appealed the people of these two districts not to panic and he will make sure that they are not affected and are not deprived from food and other essential items. He assured that he will look into challenges faced by the frontlining departments and will ensure that all such problems are solved as fast as possible.
The review meeting was held at the Conference Hall of Mini Secretariat, Chandel. The meeting was attended by the DCs, SPs, CMOs, SDOS and other top officials of the districts of Chandel and Tengnoupal.
Later, the Minister and DCs distributed rice items to officials and village heads for distribution to the remaining areas.

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