Imphal, Dec 30
North East Dialogue Forum (NEDF) expressed strong condemnation on the action of Silchar Police for arresting Seram Herajit, Secretary of Assam Indigenous Peoples Protection Committee (AIPC) and also the President of Manipuri Youth’s Front on December 27, 2019 at around 3.30 pm.
A statement by media coordinator said that arrest of the Indigenous Leader fighting for the rights of the Indigenous Peoples is strongly condemned by NEDF.
“We have been observing that the people fighting against the injustice committed by the state are arrested one after another. Arrest of Herajit is not the only matter however, we also strongly condemn the arrest of RK Ichan Thoi by the Imphal West Police on the 12th of December, 2019”, it added.
It further said that the violation of Article 19 (1) of the Indian Constitution by the state is very unfortunate and we considered as a threat to the democracy. Being a civilian and a concern citizen of the country a person has every right to express his /her grievances to the government as the government is elected by the people and has to act for the people.
The Forum appealed the government for unconditional release of Seram Herajit of Silchar and RK Ichan Thoi of Manipur immediately and to respect the voice of the people. It also appeal the government to respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the mandate of UN Special rapporteur on the right to freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association and UN Special rapporteur on the right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.
Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]