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

ATSUM condemns Naga girl molest

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.

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