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Non-Manipuri labourer shot dead
Published on 25 Aug. 2010 11:04 PM IST
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A non-Manipuri labourer was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen in Imphal West district of Manipur, police said today.
The labourer Mohan Sahu, who hailed from Lewa village in Khagaria district of Bihar, was gunned down from point blank range at Waheng Leikai area here while he was trying to get water from a water pump located near his rented house last evening.
Sahu who received two bullets in the head succumbed to injuries at a nearby hospital, the police said. The victim used to stay in a rented house alongwith four other labourers from his state.
With this killing, the number of non-Manipuri labourers killed in the state has gone upto five this year, the police said.
Over 15 non-Manipuri workers were killed in the past one and half years.
Police said they have intensified security measures in and around Imphal where non-Manipuri labourers were working.
No individual or group has far claimed responsibility for the crime.
CM cautions re-imposition of AFSPA
Expressing concern over the killing of non-locals by the separatists, Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh has cautioned that government may be compelled to review the lifting of Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 in the Imphal Municipality area.
If the militants continue targeting non-Manipuri, state government will be compelled to review the disturbed area status lifted from the IMC area and re-impose AFSPA once again, the chief minister said during his visit to the house of late Major (Dr) Jyotin Singh who had been honoured with Ashoka Chakra posthumously.
Meanwhile, chief minister extended a monetary assistance of Rs two lakh to the family of the major of the Army Medical Corp, killed in a suicide bomber attack at Indian Embassy in Kabul on February 10, 2010. IFCD minister, N Biren and Agriculture minister, N Loken accompanied the chief minister.
Further speaking on the sideline of the visit, the chief minister recalled that in spite of the bad law and order situation, government was compelled to withdraw the disturbed area status from seven Assembly constituencies of Imphal Municipality area owing the strong pressure from the civil organisations demanding repeal of the Act.
It may be mentioned that government withdrew the disturbed area status from IMC area in 2007 in wake of widespread protest across the state in solidarity to the Irom Sharmila’s lone fasting struggle to repeal the Act from the areas covered by the council.
“Where had the civil organisations, rights activists who shouted for repeal of the Act and honour the right to life of the people gone, asked the chief minister adding that why were the right activist remaining silent on killing of non-locals .
What answer I can give to the Centre when they would ask for re-imposition of the Act considering the prevailing spate of violence like attacking to the houses of individuals, government officials and killing of non-locals being witnessed within the Imphal Municipal area, Ibobi said.
Further said that government would not leave any stone unturned to save the life of the non-local as attacks on them if continues would not be a good for the people of the state staying outside.

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