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Protest against killing of scribe
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 18:
Published on 19 Nov. 2008 1:20 AM IST
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Manipur journalists Tuesday staged a protest rally in Imphal against the killing of a sub-editor of Imphal Free Press, Konsam Rishikanta, by unidentified gunmen on Monday last. The journalists, under the aegis of All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) later submitted a memorandum to chief minister O Ibobi Singh demanding judicial enquiry into the killing, compensation to the victim’s family and ensuring a sense of security to journalists. Assuring the media fraternity that the culprits would be booked, the chief minister also said compensation would be paid to the family members as soon as possible. AMWJU decided to stage sit in protests and also to close down all newspaper publications from November 20 onwards, till the State government arrests the culprits. Earlier during the day, the body of Konsam Rishikanta was brought to Manipur Press Club (MPC) where the media fraternity paid floral tributes to their departed colleague. PTI adds: Rishikanta was not the first journalist who fell to bullets of unidentified gunmen. Editor of a Manipuri journal ‘Kangla Lanpung’ R K Sanatomba was shot dead in 1993 while editor of a journal in tribal dialect H A Lalroha Hmar was gunned down in 1999. Th Brajamani, editor of the then ‘The Manipur News’ was shot dead in 2000 while a correspondent of ‘Vision North East Electronic Media’, Yambem Megha was gunned down in 2002.

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