Plans of agitation in the days to come

IMPHAL, Dec 27 (NNN): In continuation of the public agitation against the Chandel incident, a mass sit-in protest will be organized at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound here tomorrow.A joint statement of the Film Forum Manipur (FFM), Manipur State Shumang Leela Council (MSSLC) and All Manipur Matam Eeshei Kanglup (AMMIK) appealed to all concerned to take part at the demonstration that will begin 11 am on Friday.

The statement also urged the state Government to release all the people pulled up by police during the course of the indefinite Manipur bandh at the earliest. It said the social organizations condemn the extreme act of the Manipur personnel involved in the killing of TV journalist Kh Dwijamani. Referring to the killing of Luningla Elizabeth, rape case of a chilli vendor, molestation of a student at Napet Palli and the Pephima incident, the statement said women of Manipur and the public equally took important roles to protest against the above incidents.

The civil society organizations also thank all the women and the public who had agitated against the incidents without showing any discrimination on the ground of being the hill people or the valley people, it added. The statement further urged the state Government to punish Livingstone, the self-styled Lt Col of NSCN-IM involved in the assaultation of film artiste Kh Momoko with full knowledge of the public.It also urged the Government to demolish all the NSCN-IM camps in Manipur and bring peace and harmony in the state. THE

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ATSUM condemns Naga girl molest

ALL TRIBAL STUDENTS’ UNION MANIPUR
Head Office Imphal
PRESS RELEASE | 27 December 2012

The All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) is shocked at the Christmas gift presented by the Meitei community to the tribal community. Indeed, the tribal community has been greeted with such Christmas gifts on regular basis, thereby causing untold miseries to the tribal communities residing in Manipur. The ATSUM strongly condemned the Napet Chingol incident of 24th December, 2012 in which 13 tribal students were ruthlessly assaulted and tortured. To add salt to the injury a young girl was ruthlessly molested, outraging the modesty of an innocent tribal girl. The ATSUM un-equivocally condemned such inhuman conduct and prefers not to remain a silent spectator to such communal agenda perpetrated by the Meitei community.

It may be recalled that the Meitei community indulges in mass rape of tribal women at Parbung in the past. And again, on December 11, 2011, Mrs Hatkholhing aged 42 was raped and murdered at Yaiphakol, Churachandpur, such incidents have been reported time and again. Why was the Meitei community silent when such shameful incidents occurred? Why were the Meitei community and the Government of Manipur, insensitive towards the sufferings of the tribal community? The atmosphere of insecurity created towards the tribal communities would compel the ATSUM to explore every possible course of action for political survival of the Tribal in Manipur.

The ATSUM also strongly condemned the stone pelting on Tribal Christians, desecration to their place of worship and harassment caused to the Christmas shoppers by Meiteis. Which why their Christmas spirit was fully dampened. This nothing but terrorizing the Tribal communities, sowing the seed of religious intolerance among the various communities living in Manipur.

The ATSUM at this critical juncture, gave a clarion call to the tribal community to stand united against the onslaught of the dominant community in Manpur. It is high time we shed our petty difference and strive for the unity and integrirt of the tribal community. The ATSUM would spare no effort to safeguard the dignity and birth rights of the tribal in Manipur.

(MUAN TOMBING)
President, ATSUM

UNC total bandh: 2 trucks burnt near District Council

Senapati, 27th Dec. 2012: Just two and half hours after imposing the 72hours Total Bandh in all Naga areas, unidentified miscreants suspected to be bandh supporters burnt down two trucks carrying FCS Rice near District Council, Senapati District H/Q moving for Sangaiprou, Imphal.

According to sources, the two ten tyres trucks bearing registration number WB-59A-4413 and JH-02L-9395 were burned down during early hours around 2:30am. One of the trucks has been totally damaged while the other has been safely moved to Senapati Police Station. According to the police, an FIR into the incident has been lodged. The identity of the truck owners is yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, first day of the total bandh ended with all business establishments along the NH-2 totally shut down and vehicular movement restricted in maximum. Trucks were seen stranded at Lairouching and Mao gate areas. Moreover, Police were also seen deployed in all sensitive areas along the NH-2. The 72hrs Total bandh. THE

Normal life hit in Manipur by general strike, curfew clamped

IMPHAL 27: Normal life was hit in Manipur on the final day on Thursday of the general strike called to protest against the alleged molestation of a Manipuri film actress by a Naga militant, as curfew was imposed in all four valley districts.

All markets and business houses remained closed while transport services between Manipur and neighbouring states and within the state were cancelled, official reports said. Attendance in government offices was almost nil while banks, educational institutions and other work places remained closed in response to the strike called by various social organisations, including Film Forum Manipur, and some other artistes’ associations.

The strike, which resumed at midnight last night after remaining suspended for two days owing to Christmas, will be called off this evening, the organizers said. However, to protest against the December 18 incident of molestation of Manipuri film actress Momoko and two other artistes, other forms of democratic agitations, including sit-ins, would be held, they said. Official sources said that the curfew would be lifted at 6pm when the strike ends. THE

Naga bodies justifies agitation, defends AA demands

Senapati, 27th Dec. 2012: Seriously taking into account the present scenario in Manipur, apex Naga bodies yesterday defended its position for demand of Alternative Arrangement to resolve all communal and anti-tribal issues in Manipur. Representatives of UNC, ANSAM, NPO and SDSA yesterday in a media press conference held at SDSA head office stated that, the communal attitude of the State government in collaboration with valley based organizations has triggered such minor individual incident into an escalating disturbing and unwanted present situation.

Former UNC President and now Chairman for Alternative Arrangement Demand Committee stated that, the Nagas in Manipur has tolerated enough and that, the demand for AA is rightful and appropriate. While condemning the 18th Dec. Chandel incident as “uncalled for” and punishing those responsible, the UNC leader stated that, the Meitie brothers has been vocally claiming the protection of territorial integrity of Manipur while the Tribals especially the Nagas remained one of the most neglected race and all its democratic rights of demanding solutions being opposed tooth and tail on integrity issue. The Nagas in Manipur remains adamant and clear in its position for demand of AA warned the UNC leader.

ANSAM General Secretary, Seth Shatsang putting the record straight claimed that the 72hrs bandh was also to condemn the Rape attempt of a Naga school girl by three suspected Manipuri underground cadres near Lamlai Police station. The student leader recount, the rape of 21 village women in Parbung by UNLF & KCP cadres, rape of two women by Manipuri underground at Chandel, killing of two youths at Mao-gate in 2010 which went unrecorded and unattended by Valley based communities and the State Government.

The Naga leaders also expressed its concerns and anger over the frequent use of the term “bloodshed and civil war” by Manipuri organizations like UCM and others when Nagas are putting all efforts to resolve its long pending solutions and demands. Reaffirming its stance for support of the ongoing Alternative Arrangement demands for Nagas in Manipur pending Indo-Naga peace process, the Naga bodies warned that, Nagas will not continue to tolerate the bias communal attitude of the Government and Majority dominated community, but react effectively to protect its rights. THE

Naga girl molest by three Meiteis youth

IMPHAL, Dec 26 (NNN): A sit-in protest was carried at Rishophung village today against the molestation of a girl by three youths on December 24 evening. Rishophung is located under Senapati district but falls under Lamlai police station of Imphal East district.

Protesting a Naga girl molest by KCP

Protesting a Naga girl molest by KCP

According to protestors, on December 24 following the announcement of the bandh relaxation, 13 persons had headed for their homesteads to join the Christmas from Nagaram, Imphal. At Lamlong Bazar, some bandh supporters who told these 13 persons that the bandh was not relaxed and caned two of them by the bandh supporters at around 1:30 pm. When they reached a place called Napetpali area, three persons identified themselves as cadres of the militant outfit KCP stopped them. The three persons separated the males and females.

There were seven females and 6 males. One cadre guarded the female group while one of them took care of the male group. The third cadre dragged away a class X girl who is 15 years old to a secluded place and molested. The cadre was just attempting to rape when the girl escaped and came running towards the group. At this juncture, all the detained persons shouted and screamed to the top of their voice when the three cadres ran away.

The 13 persons too ran for their life at this moment. The incident happened at a paddy field. The 13 villagers when they reached Nongren village, they narrated their ordeal. The women folks of that village alerted the police. The police in turn nabbed the three persons.

The three accused are identified as one Angom Chandra, a former KCP cadre, one Tensubam Amit and one Khaidem Bungo. They are all 21 years old and hail from the area. Seven mobile phone handsets, Rs 2500 and one IPod have been taken away by the three accused, added the villagers today.

ANSAM fires Valley media, creates awareness on present issue

Senapati, 26th Dec. 2012: The announcement of 72 hours total bandh in Naga areas with effect from midnight of 26th December, 2012 and the ban on Manipuri video and music CDs/cassettes, dramas and leelas in Naga areas with immediate effect and the compelling reasons and situation for such a decision detailed in the Public statement of the United Naga Council dated 24th December, 2012 was partially blacked out by most of the valley based dailies. The All Naga Students’ Association Manipur is therefore constrained to reiterate the following points for consumption of the general public for proper understanding of the issue at hand.:-

1. Naga people’s position on the reported manhandling incident at Chandel is that the law of the land must act upon the guilty. For whatever provocations that Livingstone, an individual had manhandled a woman whether it be a Meitei or tribal, an actress or an ordinary person is not acceptable and is condemned. But we also condemn the communal agenda of heaping upon the entire Naga people and tribals the aberration of one man.

2. Heinous crimes of Mass rape of tribal women at Parbung, Churachandpur by the UNLF, rape of a tribal Chilli Vendor at Keinou, Tiddim line by Meitei Commandos/IRBs, the attempted rape and murder of a schoolgirl in New Takaimai, Senapati and many more perpetrated by members of the dominant community were not allowed to become communal and managed as localized issues.

3. For 48 hours the alleged 18th December 2012 manhandling incident was not reported. The protest bandh with effect from the midnight of 21st December, 2012 was announced only in the late evening the same day to target the Christians and tribals. It was not a spontaneous protest but a premeditated communal campaign.

4. Naga organisations & other Christians organizations have requested for lifting the bandh

5. The communal Government of Manipur refused to restore law and order and allows the mobs of the communal forces in the Imphal valley to heap insult & humiliation; destruct personal belongings, commodities and vehicles and physically assault the Nagas unabated in the capital of Manipur.

6. The indefinite bandh called by the MMF & AMSLC lifted upto 26th midnight from 23rd midnight turned out to be a gimmick to further torture the Nagas and tribals who were proceeding to villages with relief for celebration of Christmas on the 24th December, 2012.

7. This communal campaign is a direct attack on the celebration of Christmas and Christianity. Churches and Church goers were not spared. Even a Church was set on fire. The entire season of Christmas and the message of peace which it brings to mankind has been deliberately spoiled by the premeditated communal campaign.

8. From the Chief Minister to political parties to civil society organisations of the Imphal valley there had been persistent utterance of “civil war”, “bloodbath” and “time bomb” in public platforms in the context of inter- community relationships for quite some time. The threat is being acted out now.

9. As there is no government or rule of law, the mob of communal forces in Imphal valley have taken over.

10. The Government of India(GoI) has been asked to intervene vide the memorandum dated 23rd December, 2012 addressed to the Prime Minister of India. But the anarchy in Imphal valley and the targeting of Nagas in particular continues unabated. If GoI thinks that the communal force in Imphal valley is more dangerous than ensuring the protection of life, property and democratic rights of the Nagas and tribals in the state of Manipuri then it is mistaken.

11. If the communal forces in Imphal valley thinks that they can subject the Nagas and tribals under them with such communal actions, they are wrong.

12. Who will pay for the insults, indignity, physical assaults and torture, damage to property to which the Nagas and tribals have been subjected to by the communal forces in Imphal valley?

13. The unbridgeable difference between the Tribals in Manipur and the Meiteis – historically, culturally, socially and in religion has been defined deeper by the communal campaign. The difference continues to grow by the day. Because of these, peaceful parting of way through an alternative arrangement outside the Government of Manipur is the only option.

14. Should the above points of fact and the Naga views be blacked out by the Imphal valley based dailies and continue to give prominence to the views/news of the communal forces, it shall indeed be a confirmation of their communal stance.
Through this public statement we remind the Naga public that it is your demand and your protest. It is the responsibility of every Naga to take ownership of the movement and occupy your respective space at a time like this.

That we are compelled by the communal forces to take this extreme step during this festive season must be understood and participated in the spirit of sacrifice for a common future. THE