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Police started hunting for anti-CAB protestors; After Veewon Thokchom another picked up

IT News

Thoubal, Feb 17,

Two days after advisor of the Manipuri Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD), Veewon Thokchom, who was instrumental in the mass protest against the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill , 2016 has been arrested on sedition charged; another team of Thoubal Police arrested a volunteer of the Manipur Peoples’ Against Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 (MANPAC) who took main role in the protest against CAB early today morning from his residence at Lamding Nasikhong Leikai in Thoubal district.

The police teams are reportedly searching for more protestors who had raised their voice to the passing of the CAB.

Report reaching here said that Charlesh Thangjam (34) son of ( Late) Thangjam Shyamo of Lamding Nasikhong Leikai was picked up by a police team from his residence at wee hour today. As per family source, police arrested him for demonstrating protest against CAB at the residence of MLA Paonam Brojen and also attacking the Wangjing BJP office.

Irate locals blocked         NH-102 at Wangjing

Following the arrest of the CAB protestors, large number people came out at Imphal –Moreh Route (NH-102) and blocked road at Wangjing Keithel (Market) area since early morning today.

Traffic along the route has been disrupted as the protestors stopped by forcing u-turn from the area. Konica, a leader of the women body term the arrest of the CAB protestor even after it has been calm down following failure to present the Bill Rajya Sabha, as most unfortunate. She demanded unconditional release of Charlesh Thangjam and threatens another uprising if the police team continues searching the volunteers of MANPAC who had took part in the mass protest.

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MPP office turns battle ground over claims of ownership by workers

IT News

Imphal, Feb 17,

Manipur Peoples Party (MPP), the oldest regional political party of the state which had once formed government in the state today is becoming a hot spot, as the office complex turns as battlefield over claim and counterclaim of ownership between groups of party workers.

As per a letter from the Election Commission of India, status of the oldest regional political party MPP is “a registered unrecognized Political party under Section 29 A of RP Act, 1951 due to internal party dispute.

A group of political workers challenges N Sovakiran’s appointment as President of the MPP some years back and the matter was brought to the notice of the Civil Judge Senior Division , Imphal West on May 16, 2017 , challenging the rival claimed his appointment as illegal . But as the case remain pending, MPP is unrecognized but registered political party.

At around 10.30 am today MPP workers of different groups gathered at the office located near Pologround and started confrontation over the ownership of the office, as one group derecognized the members of the Central Committee of the party. The confrontation turn hostile and there was a scuffle going on between the two groups. However, police team which rushed to the spot timely intervene the situation.

The root of the scuffle between the two groups arises over financial irregularities by party workers and office bearers. MPP is the only regional Political party in the state which have huge revenue as they have rented huge number of shops and hotel. The income per month is calculated over Rs. 5 lakhs (subject to correction) per month.

As of now the party has no MLA in the current State Legislative Assembly.

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CM hands over rescued persons to officials of Nepal Embassy

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Imphal, Feb. 17,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over 179 Nepali citizens including 147 women rescued from different places of the State to the officials of Nepal Embassy led by its Counsellor Shri Prakash Adhikari at Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium in Imphal East District today.
It may be mentioned that all of them were rescued from different hotels of Imphal, Moreh and other places in the early part of this month. They have been staying in eight different Centres run by different NGOs since then. After a letter from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was received on February 14, the State Home Department issued an order on February 16 to pave way for their deportation/repatriation to Nepal.
Consequent upon this development, the Chief Minister formally handed over all the rescued persons to the officials of Embassy of Nepal today. They will be taken in eight buses and escorted up to Panitanki - Kakarbhitta border by eight officials of the State Social Welfare Department and two Sub-Inspectors and one Constable of the State Police Department.

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Veewon was secretly produced in Saket Court – AUDFA

IT News

Imphal, Feb 17,

Veewon Thokchom, who was arrested on sedition charge from his rented room at Delhi was produced to Saket Court secretly in the morning before protestors and activists reached court premises. This was stated by a statement of Faculty Association of Ambedkar  University Delhi (AUDFA).

The AUDFA further stated that,  Until  10  pm  on  Saturday,  February  16,  2019,  there  was  no  confirmation  that  he  was given  access  to  any  lawyer  nor  have  we  received  any  details  on  what  he  has  been  charged  for.

SP of Imphal East in a press briefing stated that Veewon was arrested on grounds of making ‘anti-national’ statements on social media and was remanded to four-day custody at Saket PS.

Veewon Thokchom, who was a former student of Ambedkar University Delhi was arrested by a team of Delhi Police and Manipur Police from his rented house at Saket in the presence of his siblings on Friday evening, February 15, 2019. There was no warrant issued at the time of arrest and not a single reason provided thereafter. The manner in which he was taken to Janakpuri  Police  Station  has  led  to  concerned  lawyers  suspecting  that  he  could  have  been  charged for ‘sedition’,  based  on  his  Facebook  status  against  the  newly  drafted  Citizenship  Amendment  Bill (2016) and his active involvement in protests against the same. He had also actively participated in protests against the arrest of a Manipur journalist in November, 2018. The nature of his arrest once again  draws  attention  to  the  government’s  disgraceful  record  in  defending  freedom  of  speech  and expression.  His  Facebook  status  on  12th  February,  2019  revealed  that  police  has  been  harassing  his parents  and  family  members  by  raiding  his  house  in  Imphal  and  checking  his  room  in  his  absence.

AUDFA expressed strong condemnation to the arrest of Veewon and demanded that he be given access to lawyers so that his case can be defended under the purview of the law of the land through proper scrutiny of evidence placed against him. 

“As  faculty  and  researchers,  we  express  our  outrage  at  this  most  blatant  violation  of rights to dissent enshrined in the Constitution. It would be no exaggeration to see this act as a blow to India’s claim as a democracy and the increasing hold of right-wing paranoia that has gripped the nation-state. AUDFA welcomes all concerned forums, rights bodies, individuals and the international community to come together and defend Veewon’s democratic rights” , AUDFA said.

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