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Archive for August 28th, 2009

Call to intensify Manipur protest

Posted by Admin on August 28, 2009


OUR CORRESPONDENT

Imphal, Aug. 27: Apunba Lup, a conglomeration of NGOs spearheading the agitation against the July 23 killings in Manipur, today called for a civil disobedience movement.

The NGOs demanded the resignation of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and punishment to police commandos involved in the killing of Rabina Devi and Ch. Sanjit, while police seized a consignment of anti-government posters from the office of Super Zed Courier Service here this morning.

The posters contain slogans like “Resign CM Ibobi”, “Repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act”, “Punish guilty police commandos” and “Stop state terrorism”. They also contain photographs of Sanjit surrounded by police personnel before he was gunned down inside a medicine store.

The consignment was apparently brought from Guwahati on a passenger bus yesterday. The police picked up the bus driver, Kh. Peto, and an official of the courier service, Laishram Seityam, 42.

The police refused to divulge any details. Senior superintendent of police, Imphal West, L. Kailun did not respond to phone calls. No Apunba Lup leader was available to confirm the seiz-ure either.

The Apunba Lup has been planning a poster campaign in the state. Its leaders had released some posters, being printed in Guwahati, at a function here on August 23.

In a statement issued today, the working committee of the Apunba Lup called upon the people not to pay taxes and to block government vehicles. It also urged government officials to stay away from their offices. It called upon the people to boycott Ibobi Singh’s family, functions attended by him, all legislators of the Congress and the parties supporting the Ibobi Singh-led Secular Progressive Front.

Protesters continued to stage sit-ins and burn effigies of Ibobi Singh and his legislator wife Landhoni Devi in Imphal West and East districts.

Ibobi Singh, however, showed a firm resolve to remain in the saddle and the AICC appeared in no mood to effect a change of guard.

A senior Congress leader said that the party was “solidly” behind him. The CLP is also supporting his decision to conduct a judicial inquiry in the Imphal city shootout. TT

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Jharkhand: SAP jawans ambushed, 1 dead

Posted by Admin on August 28, 2009


28RanTruck1.jpg Two trucks that were carrying red chillies torched by Naxalites during the recent bandh. Picture by Prashant Mitra

Ranchi, Aug. 27: Maoists spilled blood once again last evening, ambushing a group of unarmed Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) jawans, killing one and leaving two injured at Chormunda in Latehar district, about 145km from the capital.

A plainclothes squad of seven security personnel were escorting company commander Balbinder Singh from Mahuadand to the SAP-1 base camp at Netarhat — the proposed site for a jungle warfare school for policemen — around 6.15pm when the rebels swooped on them.

Armed with semi-automatic rifles, at least 50 men surrounded the SAP jeep in Chormundi village, 17km from Mahuadand and 5km from Netarhat, and opened fire. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Arrests fuelled violent incidents in Jharkhand’ PUDR

Posted by Admin on August 28, 2009


New Delhi, Aug 27: Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) would like to bring to notice that the Jharkhand police who had picked up two activists of CPI (Maoist) party, identified by the Ministry of Home Affairs as Amit Bagchi and Shaufeeq Mandal on 19 August, have finally produced them after a gap nearly 6 days in court on the 25th. According to the Article 22(2) of the Indian Constitution, an arrested person should be produced before the Magistrate within 24 hours of their arrest. Since the arrest was made on the 19th, the question that comes up is why did the police take 6 days before producing them before the magistrate?
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In the past, incidents of Maoist leaders being picked up by the police and security forces in this manner have often been reported. Those picked up have been illegally confined for many days or have been shown to have been killed in fake encounters. In this case the failure to produce the activists has fuelled violent incidents by the Maoists including the uprooting of a railway track and destruction of a mobile phone towers.

Recognising the imperative for governments to follow the Constitution and the laws if it expects others to respect it, PUDR demands that the appropriate action should be taken against the concerned police officers to ensure that violations such as these are not repeated in future.

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