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Report to PC blames Ibobi for increasing violence in M’pur
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 25:
Published on 26 Nov. 2009 2:07 AM IST
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The worsening situation of Manipur is the result of the imposition of Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958, a 44 page report of a Delhi based Independent Citizens’ Fact Finding team representing Delhi Solidarity Group who visited Manipur stated. The report was submitted to the Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram and also blamed the Ibobi Singh government for the deteriorating law and order situation of Manipur. “Manipur has been home to sustained conflict and an exceptionally high degree of violence and is today amongst the worst affected by the imposition of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958,” the report said. A team of concerned citizens comprising of Dr KS Subramanian, IPS (retd), formerly of the Manipur-Tripura cadre and currently visiting Professor, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi, Sumit Chakravartty, Editor, Mainstream, Kavita Srivastava, human rights activist and National Secretary representing the Delhi Solidarity Group visited Manipur from November 5 to 10 on a fact-finding mission in the wake of heightened tensions in the State since July 2009. The report entitled “Democracy ‘Encountered’: Rights’ Violations in Manipur (from hereon AFSPA) stated that “the political situation in this tiny conflict-affected state (population: 2.6 million) in the north-eastern region of India has been all the more explosive ever since the market shootout in Imphal on July 23, 2009”. The report further stated that the shoot out which resulted in the killing of a five-month pregnant woman, Thokchom (o) Rabina Devi, and a young man, Chungkham Sanjit, alleged to be a militant insurgent evoked people’s anger that spilled on to the streets, thereby bringing Imphal and Manipur to a halt. Stating that this was not a stray incident that just happened in a random shoot out, it said The report, first of its kind since the situation in Manipur valley grew volatile since July 23rd killings, pointed out the militarization of the Manipuri life with the civilian and armed personnel ratio being 1:40. “The most shocking aspect about the ‘police encounters’ is the fact that majority of the killings are not followed by any Enquiry and in any case, no enquiry report has been made public so far by the Ibobi Singh Government.”

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