MANPAC convenor picked up, as BJP holds pro-CAA rally

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 28 | Publish Date: 12/28/2019 12:30:14 PM IST
Barely a day after MANPAC spoke against the state BJP’s proposed pro-CAA rally in Imphal, its convenor was picked by the police on Friday night only to be released on Saturday.
MANPAC convenor Yumnamcha Dilipkumar was picked by a team of Lamphel police station of Imphal West district from his residence at Naoremthong around 11 pm on Tuesday. He was allegedly detained for the whole night at the police station before he was released around 10 am on Saturday.
Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC) leaders said at a news conference held today at UCM office, Imphal that no reason for detention was given.
MANPAC co-convenor Abdullah Phundreimayum said they doubted the detention of Dilipkumar was related to MANPAC’s statement to media made on Friday regarding the proposed pro-CAA rally by ruling BJP on Sunday (December 29).
Mention may be made here that MANPAC on Friday demanded scrapping the proposed rally while alleging that it was against the wishes of indigenous people of the state.
The co-convenor said that the detention of MANPAC convenor was part of government’s attempt to gag the voice of people against CAA in the state.
He alleged that the BJP-led coalition government in the state has been threatening and intimidating leaders of CSOs and political parties opposing the CAA in the state.
“It is nothing but curtailing the freedom of speech and expression given by the Indian Constitution and such act of the police will not be able to suppress peoples’ voice against CAA,” he said.
The co-convenor then reiterated MANPAC’s firm stand against CAA while alleging that the Act bears the agenda of eliminating indigenous people of the region.
He said MANPAC had opposed CAB 2019 and will always stand against CAA and once again urged the BJP to cancel the proposed rally which is against the interest of the indigenous people of the region.
The co-convener alleged that if the BJP goes ahead with the rally, it will contradict its ( government’s) stand against CAB 2016.
Meanwhile, despite strong opposition and cautions from CSOs and political parties, BJP organised a mass rally in support of CAA in Thoubal district on Saturday.
State chief minister N Biren Singh, MLAs of the ruling BJP and its leaders took part in the rally at Khangabok area of the district.
Hundreds of workers and supporters of BJP took part in the rally hosted by BJP Khangabok Mandal carrying BJP flags.

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