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Students protest against kidnapping in Imphal
IMPHAL, Jul 23:
Published on 24 Jul. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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Hundreds of students carried out a rally at Lamlai in Imphal east district demanding unconditional release of their colleague who was taken captivity by allegedly KCP group in place his father who is a close associate of state health minister.
Nineteen year old Yumnam Manaobi, a student of Birmangol College, Swambung in Imphal east district was kidnapped by armed cadres of KCP (MTF)-City Meetei group on the night of July 19 when his father Megha was not at home.
Later, the group reportedly demanded Rs 10 crore from the state health minister as well as contract work at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and a job quota in the recruitment of doctors to the institute.Students from various schools located in and around Lamlai area took part in the rally.
Further Health and Family Welfare minister, Ph Parijat anguished over the kidnapping of his worker’s son said that kidnapping of people demanding contract works, quotas in job appointments and money was not the work to be done by true revolutionaries and that they were gangs, not revolutionary. Meanwhile, bus service on the inter-district Imphal-Churachandpur road had been suspended from Friday owing to KCP threat for not meeting their extortion demand of Rs 50, 000 from the bus owners. Drivers of the buses also staged a sit-in protest at Bishnupur Bazar, report stated. When contacted by this correspondent, a driver said that they were threatened of dare consequences if they continue their service without meeting the demand.
The demand served by them is above various underground groups both hills and valley based active on this route, he added.
Further, scribes in Churachandpur district of Manipur resumed duty Friday after two days of cease work following militant group, Hmar People Convention (Democratic)-HPC (D) offered apology to the scribes for their alleged misconduct towards their colleague.
Newspapers failed to hit for two consecutive days due to the cease-work strike in Churachandpur and for a day Friday in Imphal as scribes staged sit-in protest in Churachandpur district headquarters and Imphal yesterday.
In Imphal, newspapers failed to hit as scribes cease work for a day yesterday and staged sit-in protest at Keishampat in Imphal. They also resumed duty from today.
With the militant outfit under ceasefire trust with government forces apologized and withdrawn threat posed to the Imphal Correspondent of Sangai Express daily, the two day old indefinite cease work strike of the scribes suspended from today, scribes in the district informed.
They have resumed their duty today, scribes said adding publication of newspapers will resume from tomorrow.

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