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Fake encounter, cry victims’ families

Posted by Admin on September 10, 2009


agonykashmirOUR CORRESPONDENT

Imphal, Sept. 9: Manipur police commandos are in the eye of a storm once again after gunning down six persons, four of whom have been identified and are said to be innocent.

The incident took place last night in Imphal West district as protests continued to singe the state over the alleged July 23 fake encounter.

Yesterday’s was the first strike by commandos of Imphal West after the July 23 incident in which Rabina Devi and Ch. Sanjit were killed in Imphal city.

The police shot dead six persons — two riding a motorcycle and four others in a Tata Sumo — at Awang Khunou Lamkhai along National Highway 53 in Imphal West around 10.30pm.

Four of them were identified as Ngaseppam Danny, 27, a resident of Khwairakpam Leikai, his friend Kshetrimayum Govind, 28, of neighbouring Hodam Leirak in Imphal West, Md Tomba, 35, and Md Rahman, 38, both residents of Golapati in Imphal East.

Families claimed Danny and Govind were mobile recharge card hawkers, Tomba a rickshawpuller and Rahman a Tata Sumo driver. While Danny and Govind were coming on a motorcycle the other four were found dead inside a Tata Sumo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kuki ‘fake encounter’ chant rends Ukhrul air – Army faces the music again after gunning down four rebels of KLA

Posted by Admin on September 9, 2009


OUR CORRESPONDENT
9regkuki1.jpgWomen block a road on Tuesday to protest the killings at Mongkot Chepu. Picture by Eastern Projections

Imphal, Sept. 8: A truck driver who lay on the ground and escaped army bullets in Ukhrul last evening has contradicted the forces’ story of an “operation”, triggering yet another “fake encounter” protest in Manipur, this time by the Kuki community. Troops of 12 Maratha Light Infantry gunned down four Kuki Liberation Army cadres and a civilian truck driver at Mokot Chepu in the Litan area of Ukhrul and recovered six weapons around 6pm along Imphal-Ukhrul Road.

Kuki Liberation Army happens to be in a suspension of operation agreement with the security forces. The army handed over all the five bodies to Litan police station this morning, besides a huge cache of arms. An LMG with 10 rounds of ammunition, an M-16 rifle with nine rounds, an M-22 rifle with nine rounds, an AK-47 with 22 rounds, a G-3 rifle with 20 rounds, a carbine with 16 rounds and a grenade comprised the arms haul. Read the rest of this entry »

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AMSU to boycott classes from today Against the killing spree unleashed by the Govt

Posted by Admin on September 9, 2009


Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 08, 2009: Against the alleged killing spree unleashed under the rule of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, the All Manipur Students’ Union has decided to launch indefinite class boycott of schools all over the State from tomorrow.

A press release issued by the student body asserted that the situation has come to such a pass that any one can fall victim to a fake encounter, stray bullets, any time, anywhere. There have been several instances when innocent persons were killed right in front of their family. In other cases, many people picked up from their own homes/localities by security personnel have been branded UG cadres after killing them at some other places in fake encounters.

Many students have already fallen victims to such fake encounters and extra-judicial killings, it alleged. When death is hanging over the head of all the people including students, it has become a big question whether the student community should continue with their studies or join the people’s movement. Rather than waiting to be killed in fake encounters, the student community too will join the mass movement for a secure future.

Since O Ibobi assumed the office of Chief Minister in 2002, thousands of people have been killed in fake encounters, it alleged. The July 23 fake encounter was only the sparking point of the people’s fury. Instead of paying any heed to the people’s demand for his resignation, punishment of guilty commandos as well as police officers who tried to cover up the killings, unconditional release of the Apunba Lup activists, repeal of AFSPA etc, Chief Minister seemed more interested in recruitment of additional police forces.

By deploying commandos in both uniform and civilian fatigue at the schools, the Government has been forbidding students from taking out any form of democratic movement against the extra-judicial killings, the AMSU said.For all the fake encounters and extra-judicial killings perpetrated under the immunity guaranteed by AFSPA, Chief Minister Ibobi should be held responsible. Saying that it would be launching various democratic movements under the leadership of the Apunba, the student body called indefinite class boycott in schools all over the state from tomorrow.

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Manipur: People protest against killing of KLA cadres

Posted by Admin on September 9, 2009


Source: Hueiyen News Service Imphal, September 08, 2009: Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) has called 12-hour statewide general strike beginning from 6am of September 9 over the alleged fake encounter killing of 4 KLA and a truck driver on Monday at Mongkot Chepu in Ukhrul district. Alleging that the KLA cadres were killed after their arrest by the 12 MLI yesterday in Ukhrul district, people rose in protest today and blocked the Imphal-Ukhrul road at Gwaltabi.

Protestors, mostly of womenfolk- were said to have denied access to emergency service and pressmen.Meanwhile, a lighting strike was also reported in Churachandpur today.Protestors have also shouted slogans against the MLI for violating the SoO pact.The Lamlai and Litan Police have also made fail attempts to calm down the protestors.However, pressmen have made their way to Litan through a different route.At Litan Police Station, arms seized from the KLA cadres including one G-3 rifle, one G-4 rifle, one M-16, M-21 and a US made carbine and ammunitions were put on display before the media persons.

The body of a KLA cadre, said to be traced this morning, was also found lying in a 407 mini Tata.Later, the other dead bodies which were in a gypsy of the 12-MLI.were shifted in the Police’s Mini-Tata. Meanwhile, the dead bodies have been identified as Sairom Mohendro (43), the driver, son of S Mobung of Kongpal Chanam Leikai; Thangkhochon Haokip, son of Lousei of Jangnomphai in Churachandpur; Lunkholal Haokip son of Jampao of Moreh Chavangphai; Lamminlal Kilong son of Mangcha of Aigejang village in Sadar Hills; and Thanglenmang son of Jamkholal of Phaimol village in Sadar Hills.

Narrating the incident which occurred at Mongkot-Chepu yesterday, locals said the KLA cadres were returning from an assignment when the incident occurred.They had engaged the truck of Mohendro- who was heading towards Imphal after dropping food items at Ukhrul Novadya near Litan.They were said to go till Samusong on foot after taking down at Yaingangpokpi. They were stopped at a turning point near Mongkot-Chepu by the 12 MLI personnel.

Locals said the KLA cadres and the truck driver were killed after disarming them.Around 12 KLA cadres were said to have boarded the truck.Two cadres have also suffered injury at the thigh.The other cadres were said to be released by the personnel after reprimanding them.However, the whereabouts of a KLA cadre, identified as Johny, was not known.

Registering its protest over the killing, the KSO (General headquarters) has called a 12-hour statewide general strike beginning from 6am of September 9. The dead bodies were deposited at RIMS morgue.The MLI personnel have also handed over a black colour Pulsar Bike to the Litan PS, which was said to be found at the spot of the incident.

NNN adds: Indefinite “chakka bandh” has been called from today on National Highway 39, Imphal to Moreh, by various Kuki organizations in protest against the killing of four cadres of Kuki Liberation Army (KLA), a militant outfit operating in Manipur, by the security forces. In a joint statement issued by Kuki Students’ Organization, Kuki Women Association & Human Rights, Kuki Chiefs Association and All Tribal Drivers Association charged the Central security force of not obeying the �Suspension of Operation’ (SoO) signed by KLA, Manipur government and government of India.

The joint statement strongly condemned the killing of the KLA cadres who were under SoO by the 12 MLI who are posted at Imphal airport but have come in the operational area of 23 Assam Rifles and sought a clarification from 12 MLI as to why the KLA cadres have been killed.

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Manipur, a State which hardly figures in the mainstream media.

Posted by Admin on August 30, 2009


SEVANTI NINAN

Manipur, a State which sees much more daily violence than Kashmir, hardly figures in the mainstream media.

Once in four or five years a stunning incident hits home and brings Manipur back into national focus.


Photo: R. V. Moorthy
In Focus: Manipuri students protesting State violence in New Delhi.

Manipur is in the news. That is a miracle in itself. A State accustomed to steady national amnesia is watching bemused as the media descends. CNN IBN is here, New York Times is here, says a local editor. NDTV and Times Now have come and gone, says a local reporter.

Manipur is in the news and its killing fields are feeling the impact. A State that reported 225 encounter killings this year until Tehelka hit the stands on July 31 has seen hardly any killings by the State in the three weeks since. The magazine ran an unnamed photographer’s sequence of 12 shots which chronicle the straight killing of a former insurgent by police commandos. No encounter, just a plain, point blank killing in a marketplace. Given Manipur’s status on India’s news radar it did not become a cover story even then, not until a subsequent issue. But it suddenly brought home to the country and the world the chilling realities in the border State that gets the least media attention. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kidnappers In Khaki

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2009


Manipur’s security forces detain an 11-year-old girl to force her parents out of hiding. TERESA REHMAN reports on the insurgency’s latest victim
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Battlelines The unending clash between security forces and civilians in Manipur has ruined the fabric of the state Photo: SHAILENDRA PANDEY

FOUR DAYS after personnel from a combined team of the Imphal West Commandoes and 12th Maratha Light Infantry picked her up from her home in Imphal Mayang, 11-year-old Salam Bidyarani Devi lies listless at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal. Tended to by five aged women, Bidyarani complains of breathlessness, murmurs incoherently and stares into nothingness. She’s so afraid of strangers that she refuses to let the five women — one of whom is her grandmother — leave her bedside.

Bidyarani, a Class VI student of Immanuel Grace Academy in Nongmaikhong was picked up by security forces on August 14 when they came looking for her parents for allegedly harbouring militants and hiding their ammunition. Since her parents were not at home at the time of the incident, Bidyarani was taken to the Imphal Mayang police station and later admitted to a private clinic at night. She was released on August 18 after police arrested her parents. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Manipur, once more

Posted by Admin on August 23, 2009


KALPANA SHARMA

While the rest of India celebrated 62 years of independence, the women were out on the streets of Manipur, yet again, to protest the latest State atrocities.

It is imperative that we are at least educated about what is happening in a State like Manipur…The first step towards engagement is information.


Photo: Sandeep Saxena


An ongoing struggle: Women staging a protest in Delhi.

While the rest of India celebrated its 62nd year as an independent country, in its northeast corner there was little to celebrate. On July 23, “an ordinary day” in the Manipur capital, Imphal — if indeed there is such a thing as an “ordinary day” — Rabina Devi, a pregnant woman, was going to the market when she was shot dead as the police chased a young man. At the same time, a “suspected militant” was pushed into a pharmacy and shot. The police claimed he had shot at them. But the fake “encounter” killing was captured by a photographer (who is petrified of being discovered) and leaked to the magazine Tehelka. The 12 pictures are a damning indictment as they clearly show an unarmed Chongkham Sanjit being pushed into the pharmacy and then being brought out dead and loaded onto a truck. All this happened in a crowded market place in broad daylight (at 10.30 a.m.).

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12-year-old girl in custody, Manipur furious

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2009


Manipur is angry and desperate for help. For four nights, a 12-year-old girl has been kept hostage at a police station in Imphal.

Vidyarani Chanu, a Class 6 student, was seized by the combined force of Manipur Commandos and the army on the 14th of this month. Officials claim her father is a militant on the run.

Vidyarani is being kept in custody Mayang Imphal police station while her parents are missing.

Residents have appealed to the Governor for help. They want the child to be released immediately, and the commandos responsible be punished.

Manipur has spent the past month on edge after a young man was killed in an alleged fake encounter in July.

Residents of the state have asked for President’s rule. They say there’s a complete breakdown of law and order in the state. NDTV

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Manipur Women court arrest over killings by security forces

Posted by Admin on August 17, 2009


Manipur women folk staging rally on streets *(File photo)

Manipur women folk staging rally on streets *(File photo)

Imphal, Aug 17 (ANI): Scores of women in Manipur on Sunday courted mass arrest over the killing of a pregnant woman and a suspected militant in a shootout on July 23.

The protestors under the aegis of Apunba Lup, the body spearheading the ongoing agitation against Indian security forces, have given a call for a 36-hour general strike, which will end on August 18.

State police faced a hard time stopping the protestors, as they fired teargas and caned the agitated women before making a formal arrest.

“The public of Manipur is outraged, that’s why the situation has reached here. This was not the first time. There have been lots of cases of shooting down after arresting them from their houses. We women cannot bear any more as it has reached beyond a tolerable limit. That’s why we have come out unitedly to get ourselves killed or get arrested by the police,” said Chaoba Devi, a protestor.

“The imposition of curfew has hampered education totally. Meantime we are in a very unrest situation, as we are daily bread earners to sustain our livelihood. Everything has been affected since a long period.” Said Ibecha Devi, another protestor.

Manipur has been on the boil since the killing of a pregnant woman and a suspected militant in a shootout on July 23 near the building of the state legislature in Imphal.

Protesters in the state are demanding stringent action against the police commandos involved in the shootout, which they have branded as a ‘fake encounter’. (ANI)

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Plan for deploying IRB, Mass rallies in hill districts of Manipur

Posted by Admin on August 12, 2009


Category: Morung News

Mass rallies held in hill districts
Imphal, August 11 2009: Mass rallies were held today in the five hill districts of Manipur to demand withdrawal of the recent Cabinet decision for deployment of Manipur police commandos and India Reserve Battalion (IRBs) in the hill districts.

Anti-Commandos/IRB slogans filled the air of the entire hill districts of the state.

The rallies were organised by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM), Kuki Students Organization (KSO-GHQ), Churachandpur District Students Union (CDSU), Naga Students Union, Chandel (NSUC), Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS), Senapati District Students Association (SDSA) and Zeliangrong Students Union, Manipur (ZSUM).

With a record participation of over 10,000 rallyists in Ukhrul district, the highest turn-out was in Ukhrul. The mass rally was held under the aegis of the Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) and ANSAM. The rallyists converged at the DC office complex and a memorandum addressed to the Union Home Minister was handed over to the DC. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manipur witnesses 30 agitations in past four months

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009


Torch rally being taken out at Ichum Keirap against the BT road firing incident of July 2

Torch rally being taken out at Ichum Keirap against the BT road firing incident of July 2

ALMOST EVERY day in the past 140 days ie since January 1 this year till date, the people of Manipur have been witnessing some form of agitations, protests, bandhs or strikes, which has led to complete havoc in their lives.

Out of a total of 30 different forms of protests or agitations, 19 were bandhs or general strikes (state-wide and district-wide), which affected normal life for 20 days during the period from January 1 to April 30. These statistics do not include the currently ongoing agitations like the protest by the volunteers and supporters of Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF) against the arrest of its president Sapamcha Kangleipal and his detention under National Security Act (NSA). Protests against the shooting and injuring of a student of Manipur University (MU) in Imphal, against the killing of a person at Ningthoukhong in Bishnupur district by troops of the 15 Jammu and Kashmir light infantry last weekend are also currently on.

Even today, police is busy dispersing protestors, who stormed the Chief Minister’s bungalow demanding justice in the shooting at the MU student, Ranjit, by a personnel of the Manipur Rifles during frisking and checking last weekend, while a local JAC formed in connection with the killing of one Shyamjai hailing from Moirang in Bishnupur district imposed bandh along the Imphal-Churachandpur section of national highway (NH) -150 (Tiddim road). Passenger service operators of all kinds, including auto-rickshaw service operators and inter state bus services, had on many occasions suspended their services, which disturbed the normal movement of people repeatedly. Apart from this, many state as well district level student bodies also launched various kinds of agitations like the closure of government offices and imposition of economic blockades on the highways. Read the rest of this entry »

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