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Rift in Heirok village over issue of arming of villagers
IMPHAL, June 3: A major difference of opinion has occurred among the public of Heirok village on the issue of establishing SPOs in the village with two separate groups taking up opposing and confrontationist stands on the matter.A group of people belonging to the families of those who have already joined the recruitment process for SPOs recently conducted by the state government at Heirok, with support from representatives and volunteers of local clubs and women`s organisations of Heirok villages convened a public meeting this evening.The meeting was totally against the resolutions taken during the public meeting held under the aegis of JAC Heirok at the residence of local MLA M Oken on June 1 at Heirok village, during which it was resolved to oppose the establishment of SPOs at the village.The public meeting this evening at the Ibudhou Ikop Ningkthou Umang Lai in Heirok Part-II was chaired by Elangbam Thethe, a village elder. After deliberations by the villagers including representatives from the different women`s organisations of Heirok, the meeting resolved to pressurise the state government for establishment of Heirok SPOs/Heirok protection forces for protection of the Heirok region by its own people with arms supplied by the government to the selected volunteers.The meeting further resolved that the puplic would oppose the state government if it attempts to utilise the SPOs in counter insurgency operations in the state, and would return all arms to the state government. The meeting also decided to press the state government to take up the arming process at the earliest.Earlier, during the public meeting at Heirok this evening, several members of the public and youths reacted against the recent resolutions taken during a similiar public meeting held at the residence of local MLA, M Oken where the establishment of SPOs in the area was categorically opposed.The speakers said the recent meeting at the MLA`s residence took place at the behest of some pressure groups as there was no formal announcement made to the public before holding the meeting.Several speakers mentioned that the stand of the Heirok public would never change as they were fixed in the decision to hold arms and face any consequences arising in imparting their duty to protect the lives and properties of the villagers.Many of them also commented that it was not the intention of Heirok public to stand against the militants of the state but the demand was only to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in Heirok which had been neglected by the state government in every sphere of development and security.The vice president of the Heirok JAC, Thamboi Singh while attending the public meeting this evening, clarified that the JAC had no intentions to twist the wishes of the people and the JAC had handed the issue to the people of Heirok and was ready to go by their wishes.With this clarification from the vice president tension was reduced to some extent this evening, but the fact that there are several Heirok people who are against the establishment of SPOs in the area has led to a major controversy in Heirok, many elderly men of the village observed. (Courtesy: IFP)
IMPHAL, Jun 1: Tamnganba Meetei, propaganda, communication and technical officer, military council of the KCP has condemned the joint statement of the KYKL and UNLF which stated that the KCP(MC) was a masked proxy of the Indian security forces. The statement lacks clarity while blaming the KCP(MC), it said.The joint statement of the KYKL and UNLF signed by the publicity and research secretary, Langamba of KYKL and deputy secretary, organization, N Ibochou of UNLF respectively which stated that the bomb blast incident at RIMS complex was an act of terrorism was indeed worthy of condemnation, it said.It is too much to say that the KCP(MC) was not a revolutionary group but part of IOF, the KCP official said.It was unfortunate that the two respected organizations were dispatching statements through media which confused the people. It happens to give a great chance to the anti-revolutionaries, it said.Like the UNLF which was broken into two factions, UNLF (Meghen) and UNLF (Oken) which is …
Imphal, May 28 2009: The last rites of Proctor of Manipur University Prof Md Islamuddin who was shot dead by armed cadres of the proscribed KYKL in the University campus on May 25 was performed today at the Kabrastan of his native birthplace Yairipok Changamdabi Mathak Leikai.
The body of Prof Islamuddin was taken back by the family members after an agreement was arrived at between the members of the JAC formed in connection with the killing and the Chief Minister during a meeting yesterday evening.
Last tributes paid to the mortal remains of Prof Md Islamuddin by colleagues
The agreement was arrived at over some demands that the JAC had placed before the Government.
Before performing the last rites, the body of Prof Islamuddin was taken from mortuary of RIMS Hospital to the campus of Manipur University where a large number of faculty members, students as well as general public paid their last respect and offered floral tributes to the departed soul.
IMPHAL, Oct 25: The irate public of Kongpal Khaidem Leikai destroyed a portion of a retaining wall which was constructed by the state IFCD as part of flood control measures three months back along the Kongba river at Kongpal Khaidem Leikai after the wall was found running long cracks this morning.The local public after discovery of the cracks on the wall constructed at the bank of Kongba river turned violent and carried out the dismantling process this morning around 10.30 am. About 10 meters of the cracked portion of the retaining wall was destroyed by them.In this connection, the local public of Kongpal Khaiden Leikai said that cracks had appeared earlier after the completion of the wall, but the cracks were filled with cement after they complained to the local MLA, Nandakumar recently.The locals said the wall was broken down as many portions of the retaining wall were found to be constructed without proper quality control. There was apprehension that the wall which was constructed …