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Assam Rifles Apprehended NSCN (IM) Cadres in Makokchung

Assam Rifles apprehended two active NSCN (IM) cadres from general area New Camp, Mokokchung District, Nagaland on 14 April 2023. Based on confirmed input regarding movement of active cadres of NSCN (IM) astride Mokokchung - Mariani Road, threatening local civilians and carrying out out extortion activities, an operation was launched and Mobile Vehicle Check Post was established to apprehend these cadres. The team intercepted a Maruti Alto Vehicle registration number AS 01 X 6465 and on being challenged the occupants fled towards the ungraveled track and entered into a wooden temporary hut. 

The location was surrounded and on thorough search of the wooden house was done, two cadres of NCSN (IM) namely Self Styled Sergeant Major Imkongtiba and Self Styled Sergeant Major Phamching alongwith two weapons and live ammunition were apprehended. The apprehended NSCN (IM) cadres alongwith recovered war like stores have been handed over to Mokokchung Police Station-I, Mokokchung District for further investigations.

CM talks tough against dumping of waste into rivers

The 173rd Death Anniversary of Narasingh was observed on Tuesday at Kangla wherein floral tributes were paid to the portrait of Late Maharaj Narasingh at his Manglen. The observation was organised by the State Archaeology, Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh led the other dignitaries in paying floral tributes besides offering tarpan at Nungjeng Pukhri, Kangla. The Chief Minister also paid obeisance to the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala led by Maharajkumari Hemamanjuri.

Addressing the gathering during the formal programme, Biren expressed satisfaction that the observation of the Death Anniversary of Maharaj Narasingh has become bigger with much participation of Government officials and the public and organisation of a formal programme.

The Chief Minister underscored the need for the present generation to remember and honour the sacrifices made by our great forefathers for defending the freedom of their motherland. He expressed concern stating that the present generation seems to forget the contribution of our forefathers, instead many youths are getting addicted to drugs and intoxicants in the name of modern Manipur.  

The Chief Minister continued that acknowledging the heroic efforts of Maharaj Narasingh and Herachandra in driving the Burmese away, to end the Seven Years Devastation in 1826, the State Government had installed their statues beside the statue of Maharaj Gambhir Singh at Canchipur. Apart from this, a bigger statue of Maharaj Narasingh had also been installed in front of the Kangla Western Gate. Also, installation of another statue of Maharaj Narasingh at Moreh near the Ningthi River had been completed and would be inaugurated soon, he added.

The Chief Minister stressed on the need to maintain unity among different communities residing across the State, adding that the State Government had set up traditional huts representing different indigenous tribes of Manipur at the Sangai Ethnic Park at Moirang Khunou to showcase and promote our rich indigenous cultures.

He informed that the delegates of G20, who were on their visit to the State earlier this year were surprised to see the beauty and diversity of the State’s culture and tradition.

Biren further maintained that the State is moving ahead towards development with considerable improvement in law and order situation. He added that domestic and foreign tourists do not have any tense feeling in visiting the State.

He said that the State has become an attractive destination because of the support of the public in maintaining peace across the State. As such, many events like G20, Tri-Nation Football Tournament and Grand Finale of Femina Miss India are being held in the State, he added.

Further stating that the habit of cleanliness has been associated with our culture and tradition since time immemorial, he appealed to the public to also take concern in maintaining cleanliness outside their respective residences too, as they do to make their house neat and clean.

He also disclosed that he had instructed the Police Department to catch those people who throw garbage in rivers, which has been a major factor polluting the river. He further informed that bottle banks have also been installed at different places to drop plastic bottles.

Concluding his speech, the Chief Minister reiterated that the people of the State have been able to live as a civilization because of the selfless sacrifices and contribution made by our forefathers. He expressed the need for all communities to live together as one and join hands to take the State to a new height of development.

He also informed that the State Government would start a mass tree plantation drive in the coming rainy season, in various hill and valley areas of the State and in this regard he sought support of the people.

Delivering his Presidential speech, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Yumnam Khemchand Singh stressed on the importance of remembering and honouring our great forefathers for their heroic efforts to drive the Burmese soldiers away during the period of Seven Years Devastation. Maharaj Narsingh was one of the kings of Manipur who had taken a significant role in saving the Manipur civilization from the atrocities of the Burmese soldiers, he added.

Highlighting the development and progress of the State under the leadership of Chief Minister Biren, he maintained that the developmental gap between the hill and valley region had been bridged by taking up various welfare initiatives. He continued that the law and order situation of the State has considerably improved, with prevalence of peace across the State and subsequently many tourists have started visiting the State in the recent years.

Guard of Honour, Gun Salute, and Sounding of Last Post by a contingent of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles were also the highlights of the observance. A two-minute silence was also observed by all as a mark of respect to Late Maharaj Narasingh.

Transport Minister Kashim Vashum, Member of Parliament Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLA of Wangkhei AC Thangjam Arunkumar, MLA of Moirang AC Thongam Shanti, MLA of Wangoi Khuraijam Loken, MLA of Oinam AC Irengbam Nalini Devi, Director General of Police P. Doungel and Senior Government Officials also attended the observance function among others.

Indian Army Apprehended one ULFA (I) Cadre with weapon

Red Shield Division of Indian Army, under the aegis of Spear Corps apprehended one cadre of ULFA (I) outfit along with Lekhapani Police from Bisa Gaon under PS Lekhapani. The operation was launched on a specific input regarding movement of a suspected cadre with weapon in general area Lekhapani.

The apprehended individual has been identified as Subash Chetry, age 30 years. He is a resident of Dibong Bari. One 7.62 mm pistol with four live rounds were recovered from him.

Later, during the joint interrogation the individual confessed that he was having links with ULFA (I) outfit. 

EEVFAM and HRA strongly condemn the denial of prosecution sanction of some police

Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and Human Rights Alert (HRA) strongly condemn the denial of prosecution sanction of some police personnel while granting prosecution sanction for some other police personnel involved in the same extrajudicial killing. 

On 29.08.1998 Major Shaiza and four others were killed at Kwakeithel Akham Leikai, Imphal West District in broad day light. Following the direction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India CBI/SIT investigated the case and submitted charge-sheet against accused police personnel. Out of the accused persons four accused namely, Khondongbam Inaobi Singh, Thangkhongam Lungdim, Md. Akhtar Hussain and Thokchom Krishnatombi Singh were already granted prosecution sanction by the state government in the same incident. Subsequently, CBI gave an observation the four accused persons are hiding and created false story to screen their team members from the offence committed by them, which is also an offence  under section  201  IPC. On further investigation CBI filed supplementary chargesheet against four Manipur personnel of the then Rapid Action Police Force / CDO, Imphal West for the offence punishable under section 302, 307, 201 and 34 IPC. They are namely: 

(1)Mr. Nongmaithem Rameshwor Singh (A-6), 

(2)Baremron Khamjai (A-8), 

(3)Khundrakpam Ranjeet Singh (A-9) and 

(4)Leitanthem Sharat Singh (A-10) 

However the Government of Manipur denied prosecution sanction against the four accused vide letter no. 2/8(5)/2018-H(CBI) (EJK) 25 dated 05.12.2022 by Mr. Rehanuddin Choudhury, Joint Secretary (Home) Government of Manipur.

In a democracy where there is rule of law the government is duty bound to ensure that no perpetrators of the crime are left scot-free and they are to be punished as per the law of the land. Such acts of  the Government of Manipur to denied prosecution sanction to a group of perpetrators of crime while giving prosecution sanction to another group involved in the same incident is down right arbitrary and discriminatory. EEVFAM and HRA humbly appeal to the Government that prosecution sanction be granted to all the accused against whom triable evidence have been found by the CBI/SIT so that court can conduct a fair trial to determine if they are acquitted or convicted as per the law.  

Major Bob Khating Football Tournament Concludes at Leimakhong

Major Bob Khathing Memorial Football Tournament concluded on 13 Mar 2023, after 13 days of exhilarating and intense competition between 20 teams from Manipur state. The thrilling final match held at Mission Veng ground, Leimakhong between Football Lovers team from Chinmang Village, Senapati and Brother FC from Sapomeina village, Senapati was witnessed by more than 1200 locals. Football Lovers won by 03 goals and were crowned the Champions. 

Hon’ble Youth Affairs and Sports Minister of Manipur, Shri Govindas Konthoujam was the chief guest on the occasion and felicitated the teams. The Sports Minister commended the efforts of the Red Shield Division in providing such an opportunity to the local youth and helping in overall progress and development of the society.

The Tournament was a resounding success, bringing together football enthusiasts from across the region. It has not only provided a platform for the young players to showcase their skills but also helped the communities to come together and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship.

Gauhati High Court fines Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) for questioning citizen of a Gorkha Defence veteran.

85 years old Jagat Bahadur Chetri a Gorkha defence veteran was declared bonafide Indian citizen by the Gauhati High Court, who was marked 'D meaning Doubtful Voter' in Electoral Roll since 1997.

'Being tried at Foreigners Tribunal (FT) meant insult on my Gorkha ethnicity. I was born as an Indian and glad that will die as an Indian. - Chetri said 

~Nanda K Dewan
The Honorable Gauhati High Court 20th Feb 2023 Monday imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000/- on Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) of 52 Dibrugarh Legislative Assembly constituency, for referring to Foreigners Tribunal, a retired defence personnel Jagat Bahadur Chetri 85 who served at the 14 FAD ( Field Ammunition Depot) of the Indian Army at Satgaon near Amsing Jorabat under Narengi Army Cantonment. Chetri retired in 2005 after 38 years of service who joined Indian Army in 1963. The ERO had referred him to the  Foreigners Tribunal (FT) for trial as to whether he is a citizen of India.

The court observed that the order of reference itself provides that the ERO had got the matter verified by on the spot local verification on the question and it was found that the date of birth of Jagat Bahadur Chetri is 1937 and the place of birth is Dibrugarh. 

Setting aside the order of reference, the division bench of Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua and Justice Robin Phukan held, "If Jagat Bahadur Chetri was born in the year 1937 and his place of birth is Dibrugarh and there is no material that subsequent to his birth, he migrated to the specified territory ( Bangladesh as defined in the Assam Accord 1985) and thereafter re-entered the state of Assam subsequent to 25th March 1971, we are of the view that it was an absolute non-application of mind on the part of the ERO of 52 Dispur Legislative Assembly Constituency to have referred the petitioner to the Foreigners Tribunal for an opinion.”

The court further highlighted that the petitioner was serving in the Indian Army since 1963 and retired in 2005 and the enquiring officer had not done its duty in the proper earnest. 

The court held that the reference order is not maintainable and declared that the petitioner shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges as a citizen of India as may be admissible under the law. 

For causing inconvenience to the petitioner, the court also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000/- on the ERO.

Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) the national social organisation of the Gorkhas in India that was spearheading NRC case of the Gorkhas in the Supreme Court and D Voters case with the Election Commission of India welcomed the judgement and upheld the verdict. BGP is of the opinion that the courts ruling to cost fine of Rs  10,000/- for causing harm to the bonafide citizen should not only act as deterrent for all officers of Election Commission of India in Gorkhas case but also educate police officers of Border branch not be casual in questioning citizenship of a Gorkha.
When contacted for reaction Prakash Dahal, President of BGP Assam State unit said, 'Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh is very much agitated towards the process of serving notices to the Gorkhas bonafide citizen of India as foreigners with an opinion that the 'son of the soil' entered Assam from a specified territory after 24th March 1971 midnight. Time and again we brought this matter to the authorities concerned but there was no heed. 

Our decent to the said matter is now clearly proved in the court of law as to how the patriotic Gorkha citizens are simply harassed by the concerned Election Officers who was so reluctant to verify the facts and callously charged a baseless and false allegation on a law abiding ex-serviceman Gorkha who had sacrificed his life in service of the nation.'

'Being tried at Foreigners Tribunal (FT) meant insult on my Gorkha ethnicity. I was born as an Indian and glad that will die as an Indian.' said an ailing Chetri while taking to this correspondent over phone. He feels relieved and free from a heavy weight of insult on his forehead for being tried as a doubtful voter. He felt that the  court must have fined the ERO for dereliction in duty and causing harm to his self respect and questioning his citizenship.

'Jagat Bahadur Chetri case is not a single example but many such cases against genuine Indian Gorkhas in the civil society are also still pending.  Therefore,  we urge upon the Election Commission of India to drop all D Voters arbitrarily marked since 1997 and also those who haven't been tried at the Foreigners Tribunal and delete the D mark from the Electoral Roll against the names of Gorkha voters. It will not only provide relief to the Indian Gorkhas but also install self esteem of the 'sons of the soil'., stressed Dahal.

Advocate of the Gauhati High Court and National Working President of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) Nityananda Upadhyay told this this correspondent that the honourable court must have referred previous judgements where high court overturned verdicts by the Foreigners Tribunal (FT) declaring genuine Indian Gorkhas as Foreigners having migrated from the specified territory'. This is not an isolated case, the court previously have heard Gorkhas matter on this subject and passed legal and logical judgement restoring community's faith on judiciary and democracy.

Bomb planted at Khongjom defused safely

THOUBAL: A team of KJM-PS along with BDDS difused the bomb safely at around 11:30 today. The bomb was planted at Khongjom loukol near Eastern side of the YMC brick field  Khongjom Langathel lamgam Ching- The team rushed and cordoned off the area and later a Bomb detection and disposal squad of KJM-PS along with BDDS successfully managed to defuse the bomb safely:

Manipur Kabui Union representatives submitted memorandum to MPCC President K. Meghachandra.

Manipur Kabui Union, an indigenous tribe of Manipur submitted a joint memorandum under the leadership of Dr. K. Heera Kabui to K.Meghachandra, Hon'ble President, MPCC to raise their voice in the next Legislative Assembly of Manipur to protect and save Kabui cultures, customs, language, religion under the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People in the Article 11 which states the dignity and diversity of cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations