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Manipur women detained under NSA for burning tricolour
Published on 29 Oct. 2009 11:53 PM IST
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The manipur government has detained four women under the National Security Act (NSA) for allegedly burning the Tricolour during a recent protest against Manipur’s merger with the Union of India in 1949. According to a report on Sinlung, on October 21, S Bimola (65) M Nirmala (40), Ch Bilashini (60) and T Madhumati (45) were arrested. On Wednesday, they were produced at the court of chief judicial magistrate (Thoubal). The MPLF, an umbrella body of three prominent organizations United National Liberation Front (UNLF), Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) and People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Prepak) observes October 15 as “national black day for the past one decade. On this day in 1949, Manipur merged with the Indian Union. Supporting the front’s programme, hordes of women burnt copies of the “Manipur Merger Agreement” as well as the Tricolour at various places across the state. They also shouted slogans seeking restoration of the state’s sovereignty. On the other hand, a large number employees from the health sector on Wednesday staged a demonstration on the premises of the health directorate here to slam the recent murder of H Binodkumar Singh, a retired government doctor, Over 100 doctors, 160 nursing students, staff of the directorate and employees of other private health clinics took part in the sit-in protest organized by the Indian Medical Association’s state unit. As a mark of protest, employees of both government and private centres ceased work for three hours on Wednesday. On October 22, the body of Binodkumar Singh (60) with severe wounds on his head and back was found at an isolated place in the Ishikha area of Imphal East.

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