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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Imphal, April 09:

The 3.5 Collective expressed strong condemnation to the arrest of Sintha Laishram alias Herojit, Secretary-General of the Coalition Against Drug and Alcohol (CADA), Thoubal District Committee, Manipur terming it as arbitrary arrest under false charges.
Laishram Herojit alias Sintha, arrested on Wednesday by a team of Thoubal Commando, was produced before the court of CJM Thoubal on Thursday and remanded to five days police custody. As per police sources, he was arrested under Section 39 UA(P) Act on charges of being an overground worker of one underground organisation.
After arresting Herojit Thoubal police team later at around 01:30 pm on the same day, a team of Thoubal Police in three police Gypsies, led by Office-in-Charge of Heirok Police Station came to the house of Sofia and demanded the banners and placards that they used during the protest, saying that the SP Thoubal would like to inspect them a statement of the 3.5 collectives said.
It added that as Sofia went inside her house to take it out male police commando also barged into her house without seeking any permission. She demanded them to stay outside as it is a lady’s room, but they refused and then the lady police personnel barged in searching for the placards. They confiscated all banners and placards and whisked them away.
The statement also said that the very same day another raid was also conducted at the house of Shintha Laishram at around 2:00 pm. where three police vehicles came and abducted him in front of his parents. When his mother pleaded for the reason for the arrest, the police personnel told her that they also do not know the reason. No arrest memo was issued. His room was ransacked and thoroughly searched without showing any search warrant.
The 3.5 Collective Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) is a civil society organisation campaigning against the menace of drugs and alcohol in Manipur since its inception in 2006. The recent acquittal of Loukhosei Zou, Chairman, Autonomous District Council, Moreh who was arrested with 2.7 million rupees worth of drugs from his official residence in 2018 is protested by several civil society groups.
As a part of the ongoing campaigns, CADA jointly organised a sit-in protest meeting with Ningol Club (a civil society organisation of maidens) on 07 April 2021 at around 10.00 AM. The protestors displayed several placards demanding the appeal of the judgement acquitting Zou to the higher court, including a slogan that the “Chief Minister should resign”.
The statement further said that the Superintendent of Police, Thoubal District, Dr. Sarangthem lbomcha (Manipur Police Service) called up over the phone to Sofia Khundongbam, President, Ningol Club, expressed his annoyance that their slogan “Chief Minister should resign” has created a “fuss in the high ups” and that his image have been ruined.
Interestingly, the prayer for remand by the H. Johnny Sharma, SDPO, Thoubal to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thoubal District stated the place of arrest as Wangjing near Canteen Lampak, which is totally contradictory to the facts as he was arrested from his own house in front of a dozen witnesses including his own parents, the statement said and added that the arrest memo produced to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thoubal District was not signed neither by Shintha himself nor his family member/ members of the local community; rather it was signed by two police personnel namely Mr. Ch. Layland Singh (constable number 0908326) and I. Santosh Singh (constable number 17428).
The 3.5 Collective said such action is contrary to the law of the land.
“The 3.5 Collective consider this act of concocting false and fabricated charges as an action of reprisal for demanding appeal against judgment acquitting Lukhosei Zou and others”, it added.
The organization urged the Government of Manipur to drop all the false charges against human rights defender Shintha Laishram and set him free immediately.
“We would also like to reiterate our stand to fight for a drug free Manipur in line with Sustainable Development Goal number 3 target 5, and such act of reprisal will not deter our commitment”, it said.
He was initially taken to the Commando Barrack, Thoubal and later handed over to the Thoubal Police Station. He was illtreated and slapped on his left ear by Officerin-Charge of Thoubal Police Commando, one inspector Tiken, for not signing on an Arrest Memo with a fabricated charge as an over ground worker of an outlawed organisation. ln the FIR drawn up against him he is slapped with the fabricated charges of section 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the statement of the 3.5 collective said.

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Guwahati , April 07:

Polling for the third and last phase of Assam legislative assembly elections came to an end on Tuesday evening, where electorates recorded 82. 28 %  turnout in a largely peaceful electoral exercise. Fates of 337 candidates including 25 women aspirants in 40 assembly constituencies across 12 districts of western Assam have been sealed in EVMs.
Voters were seen in queue since early morning hours for exercising their franchises. The first phase (on  27  March) poling in  47 constituencies recorded 79.97%   voters’ turnout and the second one (on 1 April) in 39 seats showed 80.96% outcome. The result is expected by 2 May afternoon.
The election machinery put all arrangements for conducting a free, fair and peaceful poling in 11,401 polling stations, where over 45,600 polling personnel were engaged. According to State’s chief electoral officer Nitin Khade, over 30,000 central armed forces along State police personnel were deployed, as altogether  79,19,641 general electors (among them 39,07,963 females, 139 trans genders and 26,460 service voters) had the opportunity to decide their representatives in respective constituencies.
In the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic, the election authority had taken all possible precautionary measures have been taken for the safety of election officials and the voters. Each and every polling station are sanitized one day prior to polling and facility of thermal scanning, hand sanitizers, face masks are made available at polling stations.
Assured minimum facilities like drinking water, waiting shed, toilet, necessary lighting, wheelchairs for needy electors were also made available for the benefit of voters.
Assam overall has total 2,33,74,087 general electors out of which 1,18,23,286 are males, 1,15,50,403 females and 398  trans genders. There were  63,074 service voters too. Postal ballot facility was available for the senior citizens (above 80 years), disabled individuals, Covis-19 affected or suspected persons and  employees in essential services. Till 3 April, over 25,000 postal ballots were issued by the election authority.

High profile candidates in the last phase include Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Himanta Biswa Sarma, Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Atul Bora, Ashok Kumar Singhi, Narayan Deka, Suman Haripriya, Ashwini Ray Sarkar, etc, BJP’s ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) nominees Phani Bhushan Choudhury, Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Gunindra Nath Das, Kalpana Patowary, etc.
For the opposition Congress party,  Rekibuddin Ahmed, Nandita Das, Ashima Bordoloi, Mira Borthakur, Wazed Ali Choudhury, Sherman Ali Ahmed, Abdur Rashid Mandal, Sukur Ali Ahmed, Jakir Hussain Sikdar, Abul Kalam Rasheed Alam, etc sought votes in respective seats. Its ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) nominated Pramila Rani Brahma, Chandan Brahma, Majendra Narzary, Charan Boro, Rabiram Narzary, Kamalshing Narzary, Prabin Boro and AIUDF had  Hafiz Bashir Ahmed, Nazrul Haque, Nizanur Rahman, etc in the fray.

Urges to reveal the name of the Ministers, MLA involved in drug crime
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Imphal, April 04:

MLA L. Rameshwor’s public statement at which he gave on the notion of absence of sincerity of some Ministers, MLAs and police officers in fighting against drugs crime in Manipur has been a matter of serious concern to many including the Congress party. Congress leaders Keisham Ningthemjao Singh and Dr. Lamtinthang Haokip were also present during the press meet.
Spokesperson of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee Ningombam Bupenda Meitei while speaking to media persons today at Congress Bhavan said that the BJP MLA’s sincere revelations of the truth about the ongoing failure of the War against drugs by the unnamed BJP led coalition government in Manipur, needs to be seriously looked into. His sincere revelations are worthy to be appreciated
In connection with the public statement, the congress spokespersons put forth the following questions -
1. Who are the Ministers, MLAs and police officers who are involved in drugs crimes?
2. No sitting Congress MLAs are involved and no former Congress Ministers were involved in any drugs crime.
3. In previous Congress governments, to remove public doubt the then Cabinet recommended to transfer drugs case involving the then Chief Minister’s relative to CBI.
4. The present BJP led coalition government in Manipur has organised 4 years of citizen-centric governance. Drugs menace and crimes have been destroying and going to erase the future of our people and youths, both in hills and valley, of the state. Is it a citizen-centric governance when the BJP Government has not transferred a single of drugs crime to CBI in the last 4 years?
5. To dispel the doubts of the people, why is the BJP Government not transferring all drugs crime cases to CBI or NIA, in case of drugs terror crimes?
6. Why is BJP Government following a discriminatory policy of cherry picking for appeals against drugs crime cases, already adjudicated by lower courts, to High Court in some cases while not going for appeal in high profile drugs crime cases in the High Court?
Why is BJP Government neither going for appeal against the acquittal of Zou case by NDPS Special Court to High Court nor transferring the related drugs crime case to CBI so far?
7. To save the future of the youths of hills and valley, and the existential future of the people of Manipur, the BJP Government must transfer all drugs related crime cases to CBI and go for appeals against all acquittal drugs cases by the lower courts to the higher court as soon as possible in a specific time frame.

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Imphal, April 04:

Teachers, nurses and non –teaching staff of JN Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal are preparing for a mass resignation as the prolonged protest by the Teachers’ Association, Train Nurses Association, and the Associations of All Non-teaching staffs had been sidelined by the state government.
The three bodies of the JNIMS had been demanding the implementation of the 7th Pay. The protest has severely affected the academic activities of the students as the teachers’ association has canceled all academic activities in the institute from March 29 to April 4, while the Nurses' stages sit-in-demonstration , without affecting the health care services.
As the protest gave no effect to the government the employees of the Institution are preparing for mass resignation and the campaign for the resignation is in full swing, a source said.
Moreover, a press statement by the Teachers’ Association said that all the teachers, nurses and the staff of JNIMS are feeling utter neglected by the authority, hence they may be tendering resignation letters from JNIMS anytime in the near future. However, the TA didn’t mention the exact date they are going to tender resignation.
This may affect the health service facilities to the common people as earlier agitation restrain any disturbances to the health care service to a patient.
The TA statement said that the three associations are worried about the inconveniences which may ensue to the general public because of this and seek an apology in advance.

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