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Over 5000 widowed during Ibobi regime: Apunba Lup
Correspondent/PTI IMPHAL, AUG 27:
Published on 28 Aug. 2009 12:18 AM IST
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Over 5000 women have been widowed in the killing menace of the security forces in the name of counter insurgency operation, Apunba Lup said on Thursday while reaffirming the stand of the apex body of civil and women organizations in the state to continue agitations till Ibobi was ousted from the post of chief minister. Over 10,000 families lost relatives being victims of “fake encounters” of the police commandos and Central security forces, the statement expressed calling the people to continue the agitations of the people demanding resignation of the chief minister. The statement further said that if Ibobi was allowed to remain as head of the state, it will amount to killing of more people in “fake encounters”. The Working Committee of Apunba Lup (WCAL) spearheading the people agitations against July 23 “fake encounter” has been demanding the resignation of chief minister, O Ibobi among others. The body also warned of stirring social boycott of the “high headed and criminal” chief minister, O Ibobi Singh. It also threatened to launch other forms of agitations including non-payment of taxes, closure of government offices, and ban on use of government vehicles. It further urged the people to join various democratic agitations to be launched by the body. Meanwhile, police foiled womenfolk conducting poster campaign against the fake encounter of the Manipur police commandos at North AOC area today at around 11 am. Some women have also been picked by the police. The poster campaign on the July 23 “fake encounter” was conducted under the initiative of the Apunba Lup in association with the JAC formed in connection with the killing of Ch Sanjit on July 23 last. Meanwhile, the Manipur unit of BJP has demanded imposition of President’s Rule in the state to restore peace after the widespread agitiation following the killing of a youth in an alleged fake encounter by police commandos on July 23 here. A party spokesman told the media last evening that the it had approached central leaders of the party to put pressure on the Union government to impose central rule as this would restore normalcy in the state. The spokesman said a BJP parliamentary had visited Manipur recently to investigate the July 23 encounter in which a 27-year-old man Chungkham Sanjit was killed. The team would submit a report to the party leaders, he said. He also condemned frequent killings in alleged fake encounters and urged the state government to stop this. Meanwhile, hundreds of BJP workers including former chief minister Nipamacha Singh, former speaker Dhananjoy Singh and others staged a sit-in protest at Yumnam Leikai area here on Wednesday demanding resignation of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh on moral grounds over the July 23 incident.

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