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UK Human Rights delegation in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 18:
Published on 18 Feb. 2010 11:35 PM IST
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Two separate delegations of the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata and Union ministry of home affairs (media wing) are camping in Manipur on different missions closely related with the conflict situation. The two British envoys, Deputy High Commissioner of Eastern India, Sanjoy Wadvani along with Media Head of the commission, Manik De arrived here yesterday to take stock of the human rights violation by the security forces while media team of MHA led by its director, Rabindra Singh is examining on the state-media relationship with special reference to the counter insurgency operation. The British envoys are holding series of meetings with the human rights activists and as well government initiative towards protecting human rights. They also called the members of the Manipur Human Rights Commission and enquired about the working of the rights commission. Member of the MHRC, RK Rajendra briefed British envoys on the absence of manpower in the research and training sections of the commission, investigation group, core group and specialists which the two officials expressed disappointment on the working of the right commission only for the name sake. They also assured bringing up the matter to the knowledge of the Central government with particular reference to the issues of phone tapping and surveillance, said Rajendra to this correspondent on Thursday. He also informed on the threats received while investigating July 23 shooting incident at Imphal market. On the other hand the media team of the MHA basically came to the state to study on the government relation with the media called on the state chief secretary and DGP yesterday and went to Moreh, the border town to assess progress of the fencing at the international boundary. The team had an interaction with the officials of the Assam Rifles guarding the borderline with Myanmar as well as with the BRO officials handling the fencing at 10 km length. State government had been taking keen interest in the border fencing work which already started its ground works with the hope that once the fencing completes 80 percent of the smuggling of arms and drug activities could be solved. State police, Army and Assam Rifles authorities had been charging that insurgents in Manipur were smuggling arms and drugs to the state through the porous international border with Myanmar.

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