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Opposition parties up in arms against Manipur CM
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 22:
Published on 22 Aug. 2009 11:24 PM IST
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Following the July 23 “fake encounter” and the subsequent statewide agitations by various social organizations, the opposition parties in Manipur have started trading their guns at the state chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh. While the Manipur People’s Party (MPP) on Saturday vowed to launch statewide agitation demanding dismissal of the Secular Progressive Front (SPF) showing solidarity with the people of the state against the fake encounter, the BJP has also demanded the CM’s resignation and imposition of President’s Rule. To mark the launching of the protest demanding dismissal of the SPF government, workers and supporters of the party today organized a rally and submitted a memorandum to the Manipur governor. However, as the governor was out of station for his business, the memorandum was received by the secretary to the governor. “The party will not retreat the agitation till the chief minister O Ibobi Singh is resigned from his post,” said SPF president, Dr Nimaichand Luwang to the media persons after submitting a memorandum to the Governor. The party is demanding the Governor to expedite the institution of the judicial enquiry into the whole episode of the July 23 ‘fake encounter’ at Khwairamband market and handing over of the case to CBI without further delay. The party is also demanding institution of another judicial enquiry into all past cases of suspected fake encounter/extra-judicial killing in the state, the party president said. Before submitting the memorandum, MPP workers and supporters led by its leaders marched on the streets from its office at western side of the Imphal Pologround upto the Raj Bhavan defying the restriction of assembly of five or more persons being imposed by the Imphal west district magistrate The different group of rallyists which converged at the Raj Bhavan started off from different places like Chingmeirong, Yumnam Leikai and MPP office. However, the rally which started from Chingmeirong was foiled by the police before it reached the Raj Bhavan even as the two rally groups from Yumnam Leikai and the MPP office were allowed to proceed upto Keishampat, around 100 meter away from Raj Bhavan. Police allowed only 10 leaders of the party to enter to the Raj Bhavan and submitted the memorandum at about 1 pm. Today’s rally which the MPP described as a state level campaign against the SPF government would be similarly followed in district and block levels in the coming days. Meanwhile, sit-in protests against the fake encounter and demand for resignation of chief minister, burning of effigies of O Ibobi Singh, his wife MLA Landhoni, DGP, Y Joykumar and police commandos continued in different parts of the state today. Students in several schools in Imphal and in the outskirt areas also staged sit-in protests in their respective school premises to show solidarity with the protestors. On the other hand, tight security has already been tightened in Imphal east and west districts as the Apunba Lup, spearheading the agitation has announced to organize another night torch rally. District police have called out CRPF and BSF including women personnel and deployed at every nook and corner of greater Imphal area to prevent any untoward incident that might arise out of the rally. “We have taken up security measures to prevent the rally as it will amount to break the public tranquility and they (Apunba Lup) are planning the same despite the curfew imposed by the district authorities,” said a senior police officer. Security forces have also started conducting flag march along the main streets in greater Imphal area, the officer added.

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