Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh, a resident of Keishamthong Elangbam has been with Imphal Times since its start, 2013. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Naresh is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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The Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE) Manipur has submitted a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on July 23, 2015 regarding the arbitrary, summary or administrative execution on July 8 of Sapam Robinhood, a 15 year-old student studying in Class XI at the Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy in Nongmeibung, Imphal East by personnel of the Manipur Police, public servants under the Porompat Police Station, Imphal East District reportedly under the advisement or order of an Executive Magistrate (Imphal East District) on duty that day.
In the complaint, CORE submitted to the NHRC that there is no report of any actions taken upon those police personnel who were involved in the summary, arbitrary or extrajudicial, or administrative execution to the minor in the name of controlling an “unruly mob” in the Imphal on 8th July 2015 when the deceased was actually participating in a peaceful rally in support of the adoption of an appropriate law in Manipur to safeguard the indigenous peoples.
The complaint was registered against the Manipur Police officers & personnel stationed under Porompat Police Station (Imphal East), Superintendent of Police (Imphal East), Porompat  and the Executive Magistrate on duty (Imphal East).
Further, the complaint identified those answerable as Shahid Ahmad, IPS, Director General of Police (Government of Manipur), Police HQ, Gaikhangam, Deputy Chief Minister in charge of Home Affairs (Government of Manipur), Imphal, Okram Ibobi Singh, Chief Minister (Government of Manipur) and Th. Debendra Singh, Law & LA Minister (Government of Manipur) CORE pleads the commission to direct the state government of Manipur to constitute a judicial enquiry in connection with the extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution of master Sapam Robinhood Singh and also to direct the DGP of Manipur to immediately register a regular FIR on the basis of the report to him and the OC, Porompat Police Station, filed by the parents of the victim and initiate criminal investigation against those involve in the extrajudicial execution and prosecute any police personnel who are found guilty. It also pleads to direct the DGP of Manipur to immediately suspend all errant Manipur police personnel immediately who were involved in the extrajudicial execution of master Sapam Robinhood Singh and to direct the government of Manipur to award a sum Rs. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakh) only as interim compensation to the bereaved family.

State Platform of Disabled People Organization has drawn the attention of the concern authority to address the problems being face by disable persons in the state.
Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club, President of the organization, Jashubanta Sapam came down heavily to the state government for overlooking the issues of disabilities.
He also condemned the incidents of attacking disabled person by supporters of ILP agitation.
A disabled hawker namely Genson was stoned by some unknown people on his way to Imphal to collect newspaper at Lamlai Chalou on 20th July. He sustain injury at his head and due to the injury he could not continue his service to support his family. Jashubanta also strongly condemn the rape of minor girl, who is deaf-mute by a person identified as Chongtham Rohit (23) on July 1st at Keishampat Mutum Leikai.
While highlighting the negligence of the government, Vice President of the organization, Th Johnson alleged that schemes and funds for disable persons has been siphon off by government officials and are just a paper sheets.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:18

The weaning moves

The declaration of the State Government to pursue its resolve of restoring peace in the state by weaning the mushrooming groups of insurgents from their armed struggles, while being laudable, cannot be helped but take it with a pinch of salt. The ongoing Suspension of Operation with a number of organizations which have laid down arms to return to mainstream society have turned up quite a few challenges till date, often with conflicting interests with the society. The present arrangement by the Government regarding the issue is evidently nothing more than a mere ploy to buy time without a comprehensive plan or foresight. Going by the developments, it is evident that the real and vital component of making efforts to identify and address the genesis of the protracted issue has been lost in the melee. Worse still, is it a case of deliberate and convenient oversight? The often uncomfortable disclosures of the not-so-secret nexus between the elected representatives and various armed insurgent groups definitely suggest so. It goes without saying that a volatile and restive society hinders development and renders any effort for progress unachievable. The unofficial yet established understanding of allocating fixed percentages for different proscribed groups from all the funds allocated for development works in the state, along with the unaccounted amount a contractor has to shell out for the various staffs of the department under which a particular work has been allocated has come to be an accepted norm. Working under such a situation, the contractor has taken to cutting corners to make profits as the concern authorities, having pocketed their personal considerations, conveniently looked the other way. The result is for all to see, and sometimes, unfortunate enough to feel it -crumbling bridges and cracked buildings, broken roads and seeping walls, the ensuing and never ending blame game further confusing the exasperated public. That a majority of these groups, if not all, have turned the uncertain and unstable situation of the state into a lucrative business, preying on the fear and doubts of the common people, while those in power used the situation to enrich themselves. Unless this cycle of deception and lies is put to halt, the purported attempt of the government is destined to fail right from the outset. Only a transparent, proactive and upright Government brave enough to admit it’s mistakes, analyze constructive criticisms, make a stand and deliver on its promises will make any headway towards peace. As long as there is vested interest and perceptions of undue personal accumulation of wealth by those in governance, there will always be dissent and disturbances. Creating an atmosphere for entrepreneurs to flourish and create employment opportunities in the state will alleviate the situation in no small measure. An honest, earnest and resolved effort to remedy the ills of the present system will send out a clear intent of the government to the public who are longing for a positive change. Such a government can definitely expect the support loyalty from the public. If the present Government has any such intent, it must proceed to draw up a detailed roadmap for sustained development and act on it without further ado.

Manipur government is all set to introduce a stringent law to prevent bandh and economic blockade in the state.
Informing this to reporters, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam said that economic blockade is violation of human rights and it’s undemocratic to impose blockade to meet a demand.
Highlighting the grievances during the ongoing economic blockade called by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), Gaikhangam, who is also the Home Minister said that imposing blockade is undemocratic and social bodies should opt other option than giving undue problems to people.
He also appealed the ATSUM to withdraw its ongoing economic blockade at national highways in the interest of the people.
In connection with the recently concluded ADC election, which was marred with violent incidents he admitted intervention of armed underground groups. With the help of underground groups some of the candidates of political parties have won the election and still they are in relation with armed group. Government is serious about the changing landscape in the political affairs in the state and will identify the candidates who have link with insurgent outfits, the Home Minister said.
He also informed that the oath taking ceremony of the successful candidates will be conducted soon.

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