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BRIEF NEWS: April 08, 2011

JAC pleas for peace

IMPHAL, Apr 7: The JAC against Christian Persecution at Chingmeirong Rongmei (Kabui) Village, Imphal has submitted a memorandum to the Governor to intervene and contribute his mite in ensuring peace and tranquility prevails in the area.

Calling upon the Governor for his intervention in maintaining freedom of faith and peaceful co-existence of all, the JAC also recounted violent events that took place in the village in 2008 wherein a Church was dismantled and certain Christian families picked out, ex-communicated and even banished from the said locality inspite of the fact that these families are valid settlers.

Further highlighting that atrocities against Christians had been taking place periodically at various places of the State, the JAC representation also drew the Governor’s attention that law enforcing agents had been lenient in initiating against the perpetrators.

Among others the JAC urged the Governor to prevail upon the Government to take up effective action against unconstitutional rules and regulations of Chingmeirong Kabui village and other villages/leikais (localities) that constantly harass the minority Christians and provide appropriate security measures during Sunday morning prayer services and protect lives and properties of the Christians. It also desired that the case with regard to the 2008 incident and which is pending at a Court be settled at the earliest possible time in order to help maintain law and order in the village.

The JAC also alleged that the State Government had been indifferent to report and recommendations by religious organizations with regard to the Chingmeirong Kabui village incident.

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Suspected abductor’s house destroyed by mob

IMPHAL, Apr 7: House of a youth suspected to be involved in the abduction of 13 year old school student was destroyed by the villagers of Wangkhem under Yairipok police station in Thoubal district.

The infuriated villagers attacked and vandalized the house of Huidrom Ajit (24) s/o Kesho of Wangkhem Huidrom Leikai at about 10 this morning.

Ajit reportedly abducted Huidrom Johnson (13) s/o Noren of his own locality last morning.

Johnson was going for private tuition near his home when two out of five unidentified persons who were waiting in a Maruti van   jumped down and abducted Johnson on gun point.

However, Johnson, somehow, managed to escape from the hands of his abductors.

The local people of Wangkhem had a suspicion that Ajit was involved in the abortive abduction attempt.

Their suspicion increased all the more when they found Johnson away from home.

A few minutes later, a large crowd assembled at the locality and they vandalized the house of Ajit.

There was also a case a few years back when Ajit abducted Johnson’s brother, Kishan (20) and handed him over to a UG group.

Another source informed that Ajit has taken refuge at 15 Assam Rifles.

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Thoubal Commandos rescue Up-Pradhan

IMPHAL, Apr 7: One Up-Pradhan reportedly abducted by the KCP in connection with a monetary demand has been rescued by Thoubal police commandos.

Lourembam Gram Panchayat Up-Pradhan Thokchom Naobi (31) of Ingourok Awang Leikai was abducted from Hijam Khunou near Nongpok Sekmai yesterday.

It is reported that KCP had demanded Rs 5 lakhs from the Pradhan of the same Gram Panchayat Maibam Sunita Devi (40) sometime back.

Up-Pradhan Naobi was abducted in connection with the demand. Naobi took with him Rs 6000.

On receiving information about the abduction of Naobi, Thoubal police commandos conducted rescue operations in suspected areas this morning.

In the process, the police commandos succeeded in rescuing Naobi from a house located at Ukhongshang Mamang Leikai.

Moreover, one KCP cadre involved in the abduction case was also nabbed and he has been identified as one Thangjam Bobo (26) s/o Raghu of Ukhongshang Maning Leikai.

A sum of Rs 6000 confiscated by Bobo from Naobi has also been recovered.

Acting on the disclosure of Bobo, two hand grenades were also recovered from the kitchen of one Maibam Chaoba (27) s/o Komol of Ukhongshang Awang Leikai.  It is reported that Maibam Chaoba who managed to flee is the prime accused in the case.

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Forum flays

IMPHAL, Apr 7: The CHIKIMS Human Rights Forum, Jiri Zone has flayed the alleged partisan role of United Bank of India (UBI), Jiri Branch in selection of beneficiaries under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program- me (PMEGP), reports our Jiribam correspondent.

It rued that the alleged ill-conduct of the UBI, which is against all norms of the said scheme, has left out genuine beneficiaries of Jiribam, who deserves to get the benefit.

It appealed to the authorities concerned to correct the flaws and to initiate appropriate action against the guilty officials of the bank in connection with the issue.

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Blood donation

IMPHAL, Apr 7: In connection with World Health Day observance, a day-long voluntary blood donation camp was organized at the library of hall of Ningthoukhong Youth Development Organization (NYDO) in Bishnupur district today.

In all 51 people including four women donated their blood during the camp organized jointly by Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MACS); State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC), Imphal; Mass United Green Association (MUGA), Tronglaobi; SADO, Naranseina; NYDO Ningthoukhong; Nehru Yuva Kendra, Bishnupur and Blood Bank of JN Hospital, Porompat

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Mishap claims one

IMPHAL, Apr 7: A construction worker engaged in building Senapati Mini Secretariat was killed when a heavy bamboo staff fell over his head yesterday.

According to a police source, Angom Deben (30) of Iram Siphai was standing under the building when a heavy bamboo staff fell over his head from the third floor at about 4.30 pm yesterday. The corpse has been handed over to family members after post mortem at RIMS today.

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Wild fire destroys house

IMPHAL, Apr 7: A house belonging to one Lunkholam Haokip s/o late Thangpao Haokip located at Thingphai village along Myanmar border under Chakpikarong sub-division of Chandel district was completely reduced to cinders by wild fire at about 9.30 am of March 26.

According to a press release issued by Thingphai village Chief Henkhongam Haokip, properties worth Rs three lakhs were destroyed by the inferno.

Lamenting that the wild fire could have been controlled if there was a water reservoir tank in the village, the village appealed to the Government for construction of a water reservoir tank and extension of necessary relief assistance to the homeless family.

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KSO cautions

IMPHAL, Apr 7: Taking grim note of report that some individuals posing as agents of mobile phone service provider have been trying to woo land owner(s) to share their property for installation of wireless internet tower as well as pay Rs 80,000, the Kuki Students’ Organization, Sadar Hills has cautioned the public to remain vigil.

A KSO statement issued by its general secretary Lamcha Chongloi said bringing development to Sadar Hills district is most welcome but the so-called company agents asking for Rs 80,000 to install the facility deserves explanation for numerous towers had been erected in the past with the land/plot owners provided compensation in addition to employing them.

However, information received recently by the KSO that some individuals had been insisting on paying them such a huge amount to erect the tower is a cause for concern to all and that student body would be helpless in case land/plot owners oblige to such an insistence, Chongloi maintained adding that depositing money for the purpose would be the risk of the individual concerned.

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National seminar on

IMPHAL, Apr 7: A two-day National seminar on the theme ‘Adult and lifelong learning’ has begun from today at the Senate Hall of Manipur University. The seminar is being organized by the Department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension of the University.

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Academic laurels

IMPHAL, Apr 7: A young girl from Manipur, Sukham Monalisha Devi daughter of S Birendra Singh and Sukham ongbi Sobita Devi of Singjamei Top Leikai has done the State proud by bagging the second position in the selection examination for Agriculture Research Scientist in Fisheries Resource Management at the Agricultural Scientist Research Board (ASRB), Delhi. Monalisha did her schooling in Nirmalabas and belongs to the 2000 matric batch.

She did her plus two course at HRD, Ghari and graduated from Tripura Fisheries College in 2007.

She later did her Masters in Fisheries Resource Management in 2009 from Kerala Agriculture University, Cochin in 2009. Presently she is pursuing her PhD at CIFE, Andheri West, Versova, Mumbai.

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Police clarifies

IMPHAL, Apr 7:  Reacting to news reports that a commando police driver was injured in an attack yesterday, the SSP of Imphal West has clarified that no one from the police was injured.

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Found dead

IMPHAL, Apr 7: A grocer who had been missing for the last few days was found dead at Yaralpat under Porompat police station in Imphal East district this morning.

A police source informed that Sorokhaibam Kenedy (35) of Kongpal Naoroibam Leikai was found dead at Yaralkhong channel inside Yaralpat near Nongmaiching foothill at about 8 am today.

Kenedy reportedly left home at about 5 pm of April 5 riding a Kinetic Honda (MN-IJ/9041).

As truckers who were engaged in transportation of earth from the area informed that the Kinetic Honda was seen parked there for the last two days, police searched the area and found Kenedy lying dead about 200 meters away. Three SP capsules, a polythene bag containing country made liquor, two disposable glasses, one packet of cigarette and some eatables were also found beside the corpse. Kenedy’s wife Prema received an SMS from her husband in the night of April 5.

As Prema rang up, Kenedy reportedly informed that he was in the company of some of his friends.

But later when Prema rang up her husband repeatedly, there was no response.

Signs of bleeding were observed on Kenedy’s nose.

Maintaining that Kenedy never abused or consumed SP capsules, family members asserted that the death of Kenedy looked suspicious. Prema is currently two months pregnant. The corpse of Kenedy has been deposited at JNIMS mortuary.

***(BRIEF NEWS- Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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