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Protest against kidnapping of PWD engineer
Correspondent: IMPHAL, MAR 23:
Published on 24 Mar. 2009 12:15 AM IST
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Failure on the part of the kidnappers said to be activists of KCP (MC) to release the engineer and his wife four day back on March 19, locals of Singjamei where the engineer hail from joining hand with the employees of the state PDW staged a sit-in protest Monday here demanding unconditional release of them. The two daughters of the engineer also took part in the protest which was carried out in front of the PDW head office at Khoyathong. The daughters appearing HSLC and HSSLC examinations were severely affected and said that they could not concentrate on reading thinking what would happen to their parent, particularly their ailing father. The daughters further appealed the kidnappers to free their parent considering the sorrow and also said that their father had been recovering from illness since the last one year. The assistant engineer of the state PWD (highway division-III) named Moirangthem Janaki was kidnapped from his resident at Singjamei Oinam Thingel, Imphal along with his wife on the night of Match 19 at around 7.30 pm apparently in connection with monetary from the PWD. The incident of kidnapping of officials from the engineering departments like PWD, IFCD, Power others in Manipur by militant outfits for ransoms were not a new one in the state as such incidents had been witnessed on several occasions since the last few year. “Don’t play game of dead, life is precious-don’t play with it, we hate kidnapping culture, government should ensure protection of engineers etc. were displayed during the sit-in protest which commenced from around 11 am and went on till 4 pm. Even though engineers participating in the protest refused to give any comment regarding the kidnapping of their colleague, sources said that the engineer kidnap was in connection with monetary demand from the department by the KCP (MC) group. Kh Ahila, a local woman taking part in the protest said, kidnapping, threatening of people with bombs and guns which are hey of the day in Manipur have kept the people of all section of the society in a state of sorrow and woe. The evening bell of the Govindaji no more heard in the evening. Instead the sound of bomb blast and gun firing at the house replaced it, she further lamented expressing concerned over the increasing threats to the people with bombs and guns. (Govindaji temple located inside the Royal Palace in the Imphal ring the bell in the evening everyday for worshipping. People used to finish their evening work if the bell rings).

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