By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 13
At least two jawans of the 18 Assam Rifles were killed and six other sustained injuries in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion suspected to be triggered by militants early morning today in Mahamani village of Chandel district headquarter.
According to reports, the IED exploded around 6.10 am when the AR team was on routine patrol duty.
The bomb ripped off from a roadside near the district veterinary office, just a stone throw away from the 18 AR battalion gate and about a kilometer away east of the Chandel police station.
It is learnt that the explosion killed one jawan on the spot and injured seven others.
One of the injured jawans however also succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital. All the other injured have been reportedly evacuated to Leimakhong military hospital.
The deceased jawans have been identified as one Indira Singh and Sohanlal while the injured are identified as S. Sarkar, N. Shyam Kumar, Tirendra Nath Das, Ram Govind Singh, Nirmal Roy and Lalnunpuia.
Soon after the blast additional forces including police commandos rushed to the blast site to take stock of the situation.
Denouncing the bomb attack locals of Mahamani village and surrounding areas in association with Naga Chief’s Association Chandel staged a sit in protest demonstration at DC Lamkhai.
Many civil bodies of Chandel district led by the apex Chandel Naga People’s Organiastion (CNPO) also strongly condemned the IED blast.
In a statement the CNPO said the Naga people of Chandel have been living in peace, tranquility and harmony for many years.
We consider it as an act of cowardice and a plot to disrupt peace talks between the Centre and NSCN (IM) which is at the threshold to its logical conclusion, it contended.
Demanding a clarification from the perpetrator the motive behind the attack by midnight of November 15, it threatened to impose 24-hour total bandh from midnight of November 15 to 16 on Pallel to Chandel and Moreh road if the perpetrator failes to comply with the demand.
The Naga Chief Association, Chandel, Anal Naga Tangpi, BJP Chandel also in a release strongly condemned the blast.
IMPHAL | Nov 13
The proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) in a release has claimed responsibility for the blast that occurred at 6.10 am today on the near Maha Mani Village under Chandel district. It said the PLA’s Demolition Unit accomplished the mission.
The release signed by assistance secretary, publicity, Bangkim also said two Assam Rifles jawans were killed in the attack and five others injured.
It said it is known everywhere in the world that since India forcefully occupied Manipur, 8983 people have been killed under AFSPA, 1528 people fake encounters and several others missing after being arrested.
India can no longer deny the charges of human rights violations in the SAARC and UN meetings, it continued. After the same reports of human rights violations were brought up at United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on May 4, 2017, there is an ongoing debate on whether AFSPA should be repealed or not, it said.
After questions were put up as to why AFSPA was implemented in the first place, India in order to cover its crimes, started initiating ‘Look East Policy’ now ‘Act East Policy’ and started constructing roadways and bridges, appointed new posts in the government etc, in a hurried manner, it continued.
However, these acts were not done out of love for the people of the Northeast, they were carried out to make a false impression to other countries and to further oppress the people, it said.
The army still continues to kill people by using hired hands and their lap dogs. They also use these stooges to even kill women or to extort money from the civilians in the guise of revolutionary organisations, it alleged.
When the army was found involved in drug trafficking, the people had expressed that there will be no peace as long as the army is present, it said. The people must realise that the coloniser India and its colonial forces like the army is plotting to oppress the people forever, it added.
The chief of army staff from the war office of the party commended the Demolition Unit of PLA, those who planned the attack and completed the mission, it added.
MS pooh-poohs media coverage
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 13
A three-member committee appointed by the High Court of Manipur has conducted a spot enquiry today at Regional Institute of Medical Science in connection with the alleged irregularities in the administration.
The three members committee headed by High Court registrar (administration), N. Rojit was appointed by the single bench of High Court acting chief justice, N. Kotiswar after taking up suo motu PIL case against the institute.
The case was taken up on the basis of recent news reports published in local dailies that one of the PG students of the institute wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister’s office complaining of existence of multiple irregularities in the administration of the institute.
According to source the committee arrived at the institute’s administrative block and conducted official enquiries in the presence of RIMS director and medical superintendent.
Later the committee accompanied by the medical superintendent entered every block and department of the institute and inspected machineries rooms and recorded present positions of those machineries.
Meantime a team of media persons who went to cover the inspection were refused entry by the medical superintendent, Dr. Arun saying that it would not be appropriate to have media coverage during the inspection.
It may be mentioned that the said media report regarding the open letter to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi by the PG student cited series of irregularities in the institutes, which includes non-functioning of MRI machine, ceasing of CT scan, no ventilator in SICU, no monitor, unavailability of NICU and only one functional USG machine.
The open letter also mentioned that patients have to purchase all the medicine from outside including iron and folic acid tablets, there is no defibrillator in the casualty ward, and above all financial irregularities.
Earlier on November 7 the court directed the institute’s authority to submit a report on or before November 20 regarding the matter.
The court also directed RIMS authority to allow three members of the committee to access all the departments and offices of the institute and also their official documents while making enquiries.
It also further ordered that the committee is free to report on any other glaring shortcoming in the functioning of the health care rendered by RIMS if it comes to their notice during the enquiry.
IMPHAL | Nov 13
The Press Council of India in a statement has advised the government of Manipur to designate a police officer not less than a rank of SP to receive and act on any complaints of threat or harassment of media person.
The PCI ruling came by its quick response mechanism.
It may be recalled, the PCI had taken up the suo-motu case with regard to a bomb threat on secretary general of Editors Guild Manipur, Yumnam Rupachandra and the media in Manipur in general in the month of December 2015, the statement said.
The suo-motu case was taken up by PCI and inquiry committee set up to pursue the case.
The State government was represented by its advocate Naresh Kumar and had on behalf of the joint secretary (Home) Rehanuddin Choudhary submitted at the inquiry committee hearing.
The secretary general of the EGM also deposed before the inquiry committee from the journalists’ side.
The inquiry committee which held its last hearing on July 13 at New Delhi also recommended the PCI to advise the media fraternity to bring its security concern immediately to the law enforcement agencies, it said.
Further the statement continued that the disposal of the case came following the state government claiming that the police has identified the person behind planting of the bomb and that effort were on to nab the culprit.
State government also placed before the committee that the government has issued advisory for safety of media houses and the journalists on the direction of the PCI, it added.
On the request for the special task force for protection of media persons, the state government submitted that the State police already have good strength of commandos who are like special squad and actively deployed in counter-insurgency operation in Manipur and that they would be in better position to take care of security concerns of the journalists, it maintained.
The release mentioned that State government also submitted that SP’s concerned were carrying out adequate security measures by the way of frequent patrolling around area where the offices of local dailies are located. It also said security personnel were deployed in strategic locations round the clock to prevent any untoward incidents.
IMPHAL | Nov 13
The GPRN office of the central administrative officer (CAO), Khurmi Region, condemning today’s bomb attack said “it is as a challenge to the Naga people movement and its logical conclusion as a nation”.
A statement issued by K. Besui, caretaker CAO, Khurmi Region, CPRN, further said the Khurmi region, despite its complexity and regardless of religion, caste and tribes, people live harmoniously and peacefully for years. And, region authorities and all law enforcing agencies are striving hard keeping the law and order intact with the maximum co-operation of the people.
With today’s attack, it has been demonstrated that the sleepless adversaries of Nagas are terrorizing the land and people of Khurmi, it said adding that such ‘sinister design and devilish’ act of attacking Indian armed forces at the heart of district headquarter is nothing but attacking peaceful co-existence and instigating another armed conflict between India and Naga forces.
“The political nature of attacking Indian armed forces at the populated areas of Nagas is nothing but challenging Naga peoples’ movement”, it contended.
It urged all like-minded citizens to condemn and isolate the perpetrator in the strongest terms before sharing its grief with the bereaved family of the jawans.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 13
Kangleipak Lamjing Apunba Meira Lup (KANGLAMEI) today celebrated its 19th birthday at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul with health and family welfare minister, L. Jayantakumar as the chief guest.
Jayantakumar acknowledged the importance of women in building a strong society.
He asserted that the status and conditions of women have improved a lot than the earlier times with women taking active part in social activities and even in decision making bodies nowadays.
A society can never be fully developed without the help of women, he added.
Giving the keynote address, general secretary of KANGLAMEI, Y. Kamalini said that the association was formed 19 years ago during movement to repeal AFSPA Act 1958. It was formed with an aim to ban various intoxicants that can disrupt the growth of children and affect the society’s development in the whole state.
Kamalini said that the organisation have worked hand in hand with all ethnic communities of the state and also worked for better living with peace and respect of every community. She added that it will continue to serve people at its best level.
The function was also attended by other important personalities including president of UCM, Johnson Elangbam, president of ACOAM Lup, Ksh. Somorendro, president of KANGLAMEI, Y. Leirikleima among others.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 13
Deputy chief minister, Y. Joykumar said that the duties assigned to security personnel can be carried out fully only when they have a good rapport with the public. He was speaking at the flagging-off ceremony of the Assam Rifle tri-nation motorcycle expedition from the IGAR-South campus, Mantripukhri.
The expedition which started from October 30 by 33 AR personnel will be covering Myanmar and Bangladesh and the Northeastern states (approximate 2150 kilometers) promoting the message of peace, prosperity and brotherhood will end on November 17 at Shillong.
The deputy chief minister continued that it is a must to have a good understanding and mutual cooperation with the neighbouring countries especially Bangladesh and Myanmar in order to control the illegal immigrants.
Stretching that Northeast based militants groups are taking shelter in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and it is easy for them to come to India as many areas of the border does not have a good proper fencing, he said the security personnel need to be very alert and have a good cooperation in order to stop them from crossing borders.
Joykumar appreciated AR for taking up such initiatives with the objectives of national integration, cultural exchange, social and development initiatives and wishes good luck to the expedition team.
As a part of the function children performed various cultural activities before the flag off.
Royal Riders Manipur accompanied them till Mao, Senapati district.
JIRIBAM | Nov 13
A suspension bridge along National Highway-37, Jiribam to Imphal road, collapsed today morning around 7 am, when a loaded truck was passing over. The driver and his companion jumped off while the truck was stuck in the middle of broken bridge.
The incident happened just before reaching Sibilong village when truck bearing registration number NL-04B 1122 could not pass through when it reached the middle of the bridge. The bridge started to break down slowly as it could not take the weight of the truck loaded with cement bags. The truck fell off from the bridge after a while.
Many other loaded trucks and passenger vehicles coming from Jiribam to Imphal were stuck folowing the incident.
TAMENGLONG | Nov 13
Hectic preparation is underway in Tamenglong to welcome the chief minister of Manipur and his council of ministers whose visit has been scheduled for November 15.
President, BJP Tamenglong Mandal, Phunggan Phaomei stated that the BJP Tamenglong Mandal is organising mass cleanliness activity in the town as a part of the preparation.
He said that chief minister, N Biren Singh is likely to announce development packages for upliftment of the remote Tamenglong district. He also urged the people not to call any bandh or strike in the state in view of the proposed visit and in the interest of the general public.
During the visit, the chief minister and his council of ministers are likely to inaugurate the new district hospital at Duigailong village and inspect the new building and its areas. Moreover, the chief minister, N. Biren Singh will lay the foundation stone for the Rani Gaidinliu’s market, water supply scheme, 5000 metric tonne FCI godown and transit hostel for doctors and teachers.
A special cabinet meeting is also likely to be held after the public meeting at Mini stadium, Tamenglong.
District Concerned Development Agency (DCDA) Tamenglong has appealed to all civil societies, NGOs and organisations not to create any hindrance during chief minister’s visit.
IMPHAL | Nov
The proscribed People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangliepak (PREPEAK) has observed Athouba Singgi Ningsing Numit successfully along with the hill and valley people of the State.
The party has been observing the day annually since 1979, said a release signed by secretary in charge, publicity and propaganda, Leibaak Ngaakpa Luwang. The day was observed at the General Head Quarter (GHQ), 707 Battalion and other base areas, it said.
Flowers were offered at the memorial site of the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives in the war of independence, and gun salutes were given after lighting up torches, it continued. At the evening time, torches were lit up at every household and this marked the completion of the observance, it added.
Finance secretary of the party attended the occasion as chief guest and G2 of the red army attended as the president of the observation programme, it said. After the programme was inaugurated by the chief guest by lighting up a torch, the programme began with the performance of 13 discipline song of the party, it continued. The chief guest said bravery and sacrifice, being able to wholly commit to the cause of revolutionary war by the revolutionaries is far more important the utilisation of advanced modern weapons, it said.
The day was also observed at 707 battalion in which CAS of the red army attended as the chief guest and G1 as president, the release said. The CAS expressed that the codes and 13 disciplines of the Red Army along with patience and sacrifice should be kept in the forefront, then the goals of the party to bring and independent and egalitarian society must be pursued, it further said.
The party expresses gratitude to the people who took part in the observance and made the programme successful, it added.