Mnp media flay gag on PLA programme

Mnp media flay gag on PLA programme
PLA, the armed wing of RPF observing its Martyrs Day in one of its camps on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 13 | Publish Date: 4/13/2019 12:14:54 PM IST

Scribe bodies in Manipur Saturday have described the order of Imphal West district magistrate  ‘an attempt to gag the media.’

An order of the district magistrate issued on April 10 imposed restriction to media from covering an event of paying floral tribute to a memorial of the slain cadres of People Liberation Army (PLA)- the armed wing of Manipur based rebel group Revolutionary People Front (RPF) in Imphal.
All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) and Editors’ Guild Manipur, in a joint statement, strongly condemned the order saying that they considered it as an attempt to muzzle the media and has  urged the government to not to resort to such measures in future, in the interest of democracy.
As in the previous years, RPF/PLA’s observed its “Athouba Singgi Numit (Martyrs Day)” day and as part of its observance, hundreds of people, particularly family members, relatives, friends and well-wishers paid rich floral tribute to memorial sites of the slain PLA cadres in Imphal and other parts of the state.
Nine cadres of the People Liberation Army (PLA), the armed wing of Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) were killed after a fierce gun battle with Army troops at Kodompokpi in Imphal West district on April 13, 1982.
Remembering the historic day in the freedom struggle of Manipur, the rebel group has been observing April 13 each year as Athouba Singgi Numit (Martyrs Day).
Hundreds of people on Saturday turned up at one of the memorial sites erected at Cheiraoching in Imphal’s Chingmeirong, Kodompokpi and Kameng from morning till late afternoon to pay their floral tributes to the slain leaders of the outfit and its cadres and its political wing Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF).
People were allowed to pay the homage amidst the heavy presence of security forces and police personnel specially deployed at the spot for security. 
As the state government was always in a mood to ban paying of floral tributes to the memorial sites, a committee of the families of the deceased cadres would obtain  permission  from the court every year and the same was done this year too. At Cheiraoching, where memorials of eight PLA cadres slain in the Kodompokpi gun battle of April 1982 were erected, hundreds of people turned up even as police conducted strict checking to check for anything suspicious.
Police allowed the people to pay homage following an order of the High Court of Manipur which allowed paying of tributes by members of the families, relatives and well-wishers of only eight cadres of the outfit.
As done in previous years, police noted down the names and particulars of the mourners. They also prohibited carrying  photographs, festoon etc  as well as paying of tribute in the names of meira paibi groups, or other organisations. At the memorials at Kodompokpi and Kameng, mourners and well-wishers were largely unimpeded in paying homage.
Meanwhile, in the evening, candles were lit at the thresholds of many homes for soul for the departed cardes of the RPF/PLA to rest in peace.
Meanwhile, a statement of the RPF stated that the day was observed at its Council Headquarters, PLA’s General Headquarters, Tactical Command, Strategic Command, 252 Mobile Battalion and other stations as well as party’s Central Bureau, SR-1, SR-2, SR-3 and SR-4
The statement further lauded people, leaders of civil organizations for paying homage to its slain cadres and also medical teams who rendered their services.

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