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Govt approves NSA detention of MAFYF chief

IMPHAL, May 23: The NSA detention order of the MAFYF president along with four PREPAK cadres issued by the respective district magistrates have been approved by the state government.
In the meantime, volunteers of the MAFYF this evening burnt the effigies of the chief minister and DGP near the Oriental College gate in the continuing protests against the detention of its president.
The NSA detention order of Kangleipal which was issued by the Imphal west district magistrate on May 13 last along with two other persons namely Salam Iboyaima Meitei alias Boyai alias Akash alias Sushil alias G Akash Sharma alias G Sushil Sharma of Moirang Khunou Leikai and Wahengbam Nanao Singh alias Terenam alias Raghu alias Sana, 29, of Thoubal Makha Leikai were approved by separate orders of the state home department yesterday.
The detention orders of the PREPAK cadre, Ningthoujam Rajendro Singh, 42, of Yorbung Khunou and Thokchom Maipaksana Singh, 28, of Heirok part-1 were issued on May 20 last.
Their detention orders from the state home department will be placed before the NSA advisory board in its sitting which will be held shortly for confirmation, the source said.
Mention may be made that the MAFYF president Sapamcha Kangleipal was arrested by the police on May 7 on the charge of making seditious statements against the state government and later the district magistrate, Imphal west ordered his detention under NSA amidst the strong protests by volunteers of the MAFYF, a body working for the protection of human rights.
The order of the state home department said that after considering the past activities of Kangleipal who was an active member of the MAFYF and the potential danger of his activities to the security of the state and maintenance of public order and also likelihood of his continuing such activities, the moment he is released from detention the said person should be detained for a maximum of 12 months as provided under section 13 of the said Act (NSA).
The MAFYF president was arrested on the charge of making seditious remarks while commenting on the government decision to issue arms to civilians for self protection which negated the existence of an elected government. He was also accused of stating that if the underground groups also supply arms to the people who suffered the atrocities meted out by the security forces, the Manipur situation would become dangerous.Kangleipal was also charged of working as self style finance secretary of KCP under the name of Sanasaba Leishemba alias Sss. Regarding this charge leveled against him, he was arrested by Lamlai police station of Imphal east but he got anticipatory bail in the case.
The police case dairy also said that during investigation it was revealed that he was an active member of the KCP. He made the seditious remarks on the behest of the outlawed KCP organization, it said.
In the meantime, volunteers of the MAFYF late this afternoon burnt down the effigies of state chief minister, O Ibobi Singh and the state police chief in front of the Oriental College, Imphal in their continuing agitations demanding unconditional release of their president and finance secretary.
(Courtesy: IFP)

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