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Sunday, August 26,  2001

Updated at Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 09:11:30 AM IST



One injured when escorts opened fire
Imphal, August 26 : One blockade supporter was injured when security personnel open fired near Karong in National Highway 39 yesterday night. Security personnel are escorting stranded trucks in Khatkhati and Dimapur back to Manipur. When the convoy crossed the Mao gate at around 4.30 pm, they were attacked by blockade supporters by hurling petrol bombs and stones. Security personnel opened fire to chase away the blockade supporters. In the firing, one supporter Yamsani Mao, 23 of Makhel village was hit by a bullet in the buttock. The injured person is under treatment at Senapati district hospital and his condition is said to be serious. Many vehicles also got damaged in stone throwing incidents. The convoy reached Imphal at 11 pm yesterday night.
(August 26 : 8 AM)

UCM to cooperate with the Judicial Enquiry
Imphal, August 26 : The United Committee, Manipur, the apex body spearheading the movement for territorial integrity of Manipur decided to cooperate with the C. Upendra commission of enquiry regarding the June 18 incident. It was decided in a meeting held at the Hotel Excellency yesterday evening. The meeting also discussed the conspiracy to conceal the notice served to the UCM regarding the judicial enquiry.

The meeting also appreciated the Naga Hohoís reported peace initiatives but condemned the alleged designs of vested interests to severe the relationship between Manipur and Nagaland by spreading unfounded rumours. The meeting also appealed to the people not to bring out any book or audio cassette in connection with Kekrupat without consulting the UCM.
(August 26 : 8 AM)

RPF released abducted police
Imphal, August 26 : RPF released one police constable who had been detained by it with the charge of acting as an Army informer yesterday. The policemen identified as Irom Mangi alias Ibomcha of Patsoi Part II was serving at the Patsoi police station and had been kidnapped by the RPF on August 18 last. He was handed over to local clubs and meira paibis by the members of the division V of the organization. The spokesmen of the organization also warned two women Bhabi of Konthoujam and Ibecha of Sagoltongba to rectify their character and to stop being informers of security personnel.
(August 26 : 8 AM)

AMSU reiterated the demand for Governorís resignation
Imphal, August 26 : The All Manipur Studentsí Union (AMSU), the apex body of the studentís community in Manipur has reiterated the demand for resignation of the Governor Ved Marway on account of his sheer indifference to the acute grievances of the people and failure to contain the ongoing economic blockade. The AMSU also asked for what purpose the legions of security forces in the state were if they do not come to the help of the people. If the authority fails to provide security, the people must ensure security on the highway for their own interest. In a press release issued by the union, the AMSU has determined various course of action to be taken up against the anti people attitude of the government after the Hunger Marchersí Day and added the government will be held entirely responsible for any consequence thereof.

The AMSU also appealed to all sections of the people for mass participation in the observation of the 36th Hunger Marchersí Day and make it a success.
(August 26 : 8 AM)

Students to close down Manipur University
Imphal, August 26 : The Manipur University Students Union is indefinitely closing down the university from tomorrow till a solution is reached for bringing about an uninterrupted academic atmosphere. The decision was taken after a through discussion of the prevailing condition of the university in a meeting yesterday. The meeting chaired by the MUSU president N. Jiten welcomed the decision of the action committee of the MUTA to resume classes in the interest of the studentís community and constitution of the inquiry committee by the Chancellor to investigate the university affairs. However, the MUSU expressed reservation that the constitution of enquiry committee is a guarantee of an uninterrupted academic atmosphere.
(August 26 : 8 AM)

NSCN (I-M) camp busted in Manipur
Imphal August 25: The Border Security Force today raided a combined camp of banned NSCN(I-M) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL-O) at Ngariyan Hill, near Bishenpur and arrested a self-styled Major of the Naga group alongwith six cadres, according to official sources.

According to Mr P. K. Mishra DIG of BSF, the camp was busted last night after an encounter between BSF and the NSCN(I-M) and KYKL-O cadres. The arrested underground cadres include a self styled major and a self-styled second lieutenant of NSCN(I-M) and a woman activist of KYKL(O). However, 12 cadres of the underground outfits escaped to nearby jungles, he said.

One AK 56 rifle, a .22 rifle, five magazines of different weapons, a large number of ammuntion, Chinese-made hand grenade and some uniforms were recovered from the arrested ultras, Mishra said.  The arrested persons are s/s Major Lebi Zimick alias Tangkhul, Ukhrul, s/s Second Lieutenant David, Ukhrul, s/s Sgt. Major Ramngaphan, Ukhrul, s/s Lance Corporal Peace alias Khambrang, Ukhrul and s/s Pvt. Bokato, Dimapur.

The BSF also recovered from them Ďreceiptsí of collection of over Rs 2 lakh from different officials, public leaders and other sources.
(August 25 : 10 pm)

No petrol for goodwill mission
Imphal August 25: The scheduled goodwill mission to Senapati by MLAs failed to take off as the state administration refuse to provide petrol for the security detail.

Speaking to the press a spokesman of the MLA mission said, 'The plan of the mission was to meet the refugees personally and convince them to come back and live together as before. The government was also informed about the mission two days ago.'

The MLAs expressed displeasure at the government's lack of interest in such an issue of national interest. The members misfired mission were Haobam Bhubon, Amutombi, Manihar, Oken, Loken, Ranjeet, Jayanta and Vivekraj.

During the anti-ceasefire agitation which gripped the valley sometime back, a large number of 'Nagas' had fled the valley and were living in relief camps at Senapati.

Mr. Bhubon said, 'The government had promised three escort vehicles which never turn up.'

To add insult to injury, some IAS officers alongwith their family members who were on a sight-seeing tour at the INA memorial of Moirang was provided security escort.

Mr. Manihar said, 'It was a deliberate move by the government to conceal its failure to contain the situation.'
(August 25 : 10 pm)







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