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AMWJU condemns attack on media houses
Published on 28 Sep. 2009 11:30 PM IST
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The All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) has condemned attacks on various media houses by a group of 300 people on September 25 regarding publications of news related to the ongoing stir against fake encounter killings. The AMWJU said in a statement here today that prohibitory orders under CrPC 144 have been clamped and inspite of the prohibitions, large number of people from Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s Thoubal Assembly constituency came under heavy police protection and stormed media houses. AMWJU further said pamphlets were distributed by some people under police protection yesterday. The AMWJU condemned the distribution of pamphlets as it tarnished the image of newspapers and journalists in the state, reported UNI. It also decided not to publish any statement issued by Indira Memorial Club (Leishangthem), Thoudam Wangmataba Women’s Development Assocition, Kop Ningthou Development Committee (Thoudam Mamang Leikai), Leishangthem Wangmataba Youth Club, Youth Welfare Association (Leishangthem), Leishangthem Young Sporting Association, Social Development Organisation (Erong Thokchom) and Women United Development Organisation, Leishangthem, Women Development Association (Leishangthem Makha) and Youth Centre (Leishangthem) of Thoubal Assembly constituency. Following the series of fake encounter killings in the state, the Working Committee of Apunba Lup (WCAL) and other Joint Action Committees launched a stir in the state which has affected normal life, including closing down of educational institutes. The WCAL and the JACs have demanded resignation of the Chief Minister and sacking of police personnel involved in fake encounter killings specially that of the July 23 Khwairamband market incident. Pictures showing arrest of a youth, Ch Sanjit of Khurai Sajor Leikai by police and alleged shooting in fake encounter were published in the local and national papers. The government has constituted a judicial enquiry, however, the WCAL has rejected it as other enquiries held earlier bore no fruit.

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