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Cecil Thounaojam

Cecil Thounaojam has been a freelance writer for Imphal Times and currently working as an in-house journalist for Imphal Times. He has completed MBA and worked as a copywriter for 5+ years in digital advertising agencies. Cecil is from Nongmeibung, Imphal East and he can be contacted at [email protected]

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Babysana death case JAC urges government to take 164 statement of the victim’s family at the earliest 

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Imphal, Sept 10

JAC formed in connection with the dead of Babysana urged the government to take 164 statements of the victim’s family in front of the magistrate.

Speaking to media persons in a press meet held today at THAU ground Convener of the JAC Laishram Gyaneshwori said that Chief Minister already instructed IG Kailun and SP Meghachandra to take 164 statements of the victim’s family that is the father, mother and the uncle of the deceased.

Recalling the talks between the JAC and Chief Minister on September 5, she said that the movement was temporarily suspended because of the assurance given by the CM assuring to release the arrested JAC members without any condition, to handover the case to CBI and to give the 164 statement of the victim’s family in front of a Magistrate within 10 days.

Failing the demands she warned that the JAC will continue the movement and they will not meet with the CM any further. 

Gyaneshwori said that IG Kailun and SP Meghachandra still doesn’t take 164 statements of the victim’s family in front of the magistrate even after completion of 5 days. She urged the CM to look into the matter seriously and put pressure to IG and SP to take 164 statement of the victim’s family at the earliest. 

Questioning how many statements will be needed to find out the truth Gyaneshwori stated that even after 40 statements taken as told by SP Meghachandra in media, the investigating team still doesn’t find out the truth about the case of Babysana. 

She further said that they believed the government will handover the case to the CBI at the earliest by giving all the important related documents to them.  

Gyaneshwori further urged the people of Thangmeiband to light a lamp in front of their house till the case is handed over to the CBI as a solidarity and also to let the soul of Babysana to be in peace.

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Drug worth over Rs. 2 crore seized by Jiri Police

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Imphal, Sept 8

A team of Jiribam district police seized a huge quantity of drugs worth over Rs. 2 crores while trying to smuggle in to Manipur at Jiribam yesterday evening.

Police source said that the drugs were loaded from Byrnihat in Meghalaya and were trying to smuggle to Myanmar. Manipur is a transit route for drugs and gold smugglers.

Report said that the seized drugs includes (2,04,72,750) Tramadol Hydrocloride (Rimdol-50) capsule 90,990 (strip 9099). The drugs were hidden inside iron poles loaded at an Ashok Leyland truck bearing registration No. AS 01JC – 2823.

The drugs were seized by a joint team of Manipur Anti Drug cell and Jiribam Police at around 7.30 pm yesterday. Driver of the truck Nongsaibam Raees @ Yaima (19) s/o N Tombi Shah of Yairopk Toupokpi Sabal Leikai, Imphal East has been arrested. The police are interrogating the driver to find out the owner of the drugs.

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1st Federal Assembly of NEFIP re-affirm to oppose CAB

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Imphal, Sept 6

The first Federal Assembly of North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) which was constituted at the Conference Hall of Hotel Shangchia, Zerkawt, Aizawl, Mizoram with the Federal Assembly Member from all the NE States of India reaffirmed to oppose CAB and any legislation related with CAB and influx of illegal immigrants. 

The Federal Assembly began from 4 September, 2019 and continued till 6 September 2019 constituting the Federal Assembly and it first Central Executive Council and office bearer. The resolution taken by the first federal Assembly known as Aizawl Declaration supports the demand for implementation of ILP and all alike legislations by the NE States and further Appeal for implementation of NRC alike legislations by the respective State Assembly of NE States.

NEFIP further reaffirm the resolutions taken at Shillong Meeting held on 30m April, 2019 to plea and ensure UNDRIP and other indigenous people’s tights related International declarations and conventions and added that they will initiate to ensure UNDRIP be implemented in latter and spirit to all the NE States.  NEFIP a conglomeration of CSOs of the Seven States of NE was formed on the 3" April, 2019 with the urgent call to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016 passed by the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament in December last year.

Ten delegates from Manipur participate in the first federal assembly of NEFIP.

 

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‘No clean drinking water for people of Saman Village’

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Imphal, Sept. 5

Social Welfare Educational and Cultural Association has expressed that residents of Saman Village of Keirao A/C, Imphal East, are deprived of clean drinking water as Waithoupat Water Supply has stopped distributing water. Chanam Sanayaima, Secretary, Social Welfare Educational and Cultural Association, said that the then government of Okram Ibobi, who inaugurated the construction of the water supply in 2006, promised that this water supply would provide water to the people of Waithou, Waithou Chiru, Saijin Palak, Saman Tangkhul, Thiyam Konjin, and other places of Thoubal district. The villagers had requested for construction of proper canals since the water reservoir blocking the water supply would hinder the farming process. It was agreed upon, but was not done so. 

After the completion of its construction in 2010-2011, the water supply started distributing water for 1 year as trial only to some areas of Thoubal district, but skipped the neighbouring villages. When the villagers complained, the then government responded that they did not have pipes and the water distribution will start once they had the pipes. He further said that the current Chief Minister, N. Biren, has also inaugurated the construction of another water supply in Tangjeng, Thoubal District, on August 19, 2019, using the water from Waithoupat Water Supply Scheme. 

The poor conditions of the canals has caused flood every year, damaging the neighbouring paddy fields. The villagers have requested the concerned department to fix the canals and provide clean drinking water, but never been heard. Sanayaima added that if this water supply is not opened to all and the pipeline is not constructed properly before September 30, the villagers will ban the drawing of water and other related activities from phase 2 and 3 of the water reservoir from October 1, 2019. He appealed for the concerned departments and the government to look into the matter as soon as possible.

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