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Police foils ex-rebels’ fasting stir
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 8:
Published on 9 Jan. 2009 2:36 AM IST
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Police on Thursday dispersed surrendered rebels on indefinite hunger strike against government eviction move by demolishing their homes at the commando complex, Imphal in Imphal west on January 4. Authorities demolished homes of the 37 surrendered militants residing built by their own efforts in government land on December 4 for the accommodation of the police personnel engaged in counter insurgency operation. Strongly decrying the government’s move, 10 former rebels started launching hunger strike from Wednesday, in shacks they put up at the same place where their huts stood before demolition by the authority. A police team arrived this morning and dispersed the striking former rebels. They again demolished the shacks and threw away the materials, eyewitness accounts say. SP, Imphal west district L Kailun said the surrendered militants have been evicted as the authority need land for expansion of the family quarters, adding, they were occupying the land without any authority, allotted on humanitarian ground before rehabilitation at Lamphelpat in Imphal was set up, as most of them have been absorbed to the government services, they need not remain occupying the land, he said. The homeless surrendered militants blamed government stating that authorities failed to safeguard their plight and threw them from the frying pan into the fire by turning out from the place. They also submitted a memorandum to the state chief minister on January 6 urging him not to dismantleof their huts till alternative arrangements are make.

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