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Manipuris want peace to return early
IMPHAL, JUL 27 (AGENCIES/CORRESPONDENT):
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Published on 27 Jul. 2010 11:33 PM IST
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Living in an environment where violence, abduction and bomb threats by militants have become order of the day, the common man in Manipur is feeling exasperated and wants peace to return early
The local residents are craving for enjoying little joys of a normal life.
On July 17, the 55-year-old E. Shyamkeshor Singh of Yaingangpokpi Mamang Leikai in Imphal was shot at after being abducted by four unidentified men. Suspected militants made Shyamkeshor, a reader in Sericulture Department, and his wife accompany them from their residence.
On the way, the abductors had a tussle with Shyamkeshor and shot at him. he incident outraged local people, as they find it increasingly difficult for common man here to live in peace. The incident was condemned by the residents of Yaingangpokpi who also staged a sit-in-protest.
“Such dreadful incidents against innocent civilians are happening frequently. Extortion and kidnapping for ransom are common in the State. We find it very difficult to lead a normal life in this situation,” said E. Angouba Singh, victim’s brother. In another incident in Imphal West, a hand grenade was hurled at the residence of Nameirakpam Surendra, an agriculture officer at the State Agriculture Department. Police, however, managed to defuse the grenade before it could blow up and cause damage to life and property. A grenade was found near the gate of Surendra. “Houses are located very close to one another in our neighborhood. If the grenade had exploded, it would have hurt innocent people. I condemn the cowardly act,” said N. Ekashini, wife of Nameirakpam Surendra. Suspected Kuki militants abducted Dr. Kunal Chakraborty on July 20 from Molnom, about 145-kilometres from Imphal. He was taken to a jungle but he managed to flee from their captivity .
Dr. Chakraborty of Gobinda Ballav Pant Medical College in Agartala, had joined Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal a few months ago for a postgraduate degree course.
Decrying the incident, the students and doctors at RIMS hospital staged a sit-in protest to demand proper security for the medical staff. “We do not expect kidnapping of a medical officer. We condemn the incident,” said Dr. Chhuanga, President of RIMS Post Graduate Students’ Union. Militants in Manipur find abduction the easiest way of making money. Their aim seems to create fear among innocent people and survive on their money. he residents are coming in the open to condemn them.
One shot dead
In a series of attacks on workers of the health minister in Lamlai area of Imphal east district of Manipur, a house wife was shot by suspected militants on Monday.
The two gunmen shot the 45-year old housewife identified as Ningthoujam Indira Devi Monday night, at about 11 pm at her house at Sabungkhok Mayai Leikai under Lamlai police station of Imphal east district when they could not find her husband, Ningthoujam Tomba
Singh, an active worker of the lone CPI minister in the Congress led coalition Secular Progressive Front (SPF) government, Ph Parijat.
One of the bullets hit in her right arm while the other hit her chest. She later succumbed to her injuries at JNIMS Hospital, Imphal after battling for life at 3am Tuesday.
The woman was survived by her husband and four children, three sons and a daughter.
Outraged by the recent spate of killings, residents of Lamlai area blocked traffic on the Imphal-Ukhrul section of the NH-150 on Tuesday by resorting to sit-in protest at various places across Lamlai area.
The attack on the wife state health minister, Ph Parijat’s workers is not the first instance. A 50-year old man, a close associate of the state health and family welfare minister was shot and severely injured by four gunmen claiming to be activists of KCP (City Meitei) on the night of July 17, while on July 19, the a son of another active worker of the minister was kidnapped by the militants but rescued by the police after four days captivity at Samurou in Imphal west on July 23.
The following day, militants shot and injured the son of another CPI worker, when they could not find his father.
There were also attempt to kidnap Pradhan of Nongren Gram Panchayat who is also worker of the minister.
According to the local reports, the militant group behind the series of attacks to the family of the workers of the CPI minister has been demanding Rs 10 crore from the minister with contract works at the ongoing infrastructure development works at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and quotas in the job appointment of the institute.

 
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