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M’pur scribes surrender I-card in protest
Correspondent IMPHAL, OCT 27:
Published on 27 Oct. 2009 10:40 PM IST
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Scribes in Manipur on Tuesday surrendered their Identity cards issued by the state Directorate Of Information And Public Relations (DIPR) as a part of its ongoing protest demanding appropriate action to the police commandos involved in the assault of two scribes on night of October 10 last. Scribes have decided to intensify protest if the state government failed to respond to their demands. The scribes will also surrender the Manipur Press Club building housed by the AMWJU donated by the government apart from boycotting the state information and public relation day on November 1. Scribes under the banner of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) have been boycotting the chief minister, his council of ministers and coverage of government related activities since October 11. Scribes converged at the office of the DIPR at MSTC complex and submitted the I-cards to the director T Sitlhou. Despite his strong refusal and appeal to reconsider the decision, scribes dropped their I-cards at the office. Mobi, a spokesperson of the scribes who led the I-card surrender stir said scribes were no more respected by the government. Even as scribes were facing excessive by the security forces, government remained as silent spectator. A total of 126 scribes surrendered their I-cards issued by the DIPR. The directorate issued the I-cards to 201 scribes including accredited I-cards. Vice-president of AMWJU, Khogendro Khondam and Mobi led the scribes as president Hemanta was absent as he is currently out of station for his business at New Delhi. The decision to surrender I-cards was taken at a meeting of AMWJU and Editors held on October 25 last at the Manipur Press Club at Major Khul.

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