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Manipur based human right activist arrested in Delhi


A Manipur based human rights activist who paid no heed to a police summon order in connection with an FIR case against him was arrested in New Delhi on Tuesday, an official source said.
Dr Mark Thangmang Haokip, the president of Manipur chapter of International Human Rights Association (IHRA) was arrested from his present residence at Kishangarh, New Delhi today, around 2.30 pm, the source said.
He has been taken into Kishangarh police station and likely to be brought to Imphal after necessary transit remand from the pertinent local court on Wednesday. Police in Manipur’s Churachandpur district lodged the FIR against him under section 153-A/505(2) of IPC, related to promoting enmity between different groups or communities on grounds of race, place of birth, language or regional groups etc. and statements creating or promoting enmity hatred or ill-will between classes. The police summoned him to appear before the investigating officer (IO) on May 22 for recording a statement in connection with the FIR case against him. However, he failed to appear.
The arrest of Haokip was at a time when there were protests against the FIR case against him and the summon order of the police. The summon order to the human activist triggered a protest in Churachandpur district headquarters where a large number of people stormed the Churachandpur police station, demanding revocation of the summon order and withdrawal of the case against the human right activist.
During the protest on May 22, a clash between the police and protesters broke out in front of the Churachandpur police station. The police had also detained five protesters in its efforts to control the situation.
The Manipur chapter of International Human Rights Association (IHRA) had also strongly condemned the summon order served to its president and demanded revocation of all FIRs filed against him.
In a statement, IHRA has stated that it is an organization actively working for the welfare of all the people of the state, regardless of community origin, especially on human rights related issues and most importantly to ensure societal peace and harmony. It also claimed that it has no bias in advocating for human rights, human integrity and social equality for all.
The statement further said that the charge levelled against its president is unfounded and termed it as a deliberate and sinister design to defame and discredit the human rights activist for his notable contributions.
It also accused the government of bias towards the activist.

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