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24-hour rail blockade in Dima Hasao called off

24-hour rail blockade in Dima Hasao called off
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 HAFLONG, Dec 12 – Following the intervention of and assurance from the district administration, the 24-hour rail-blockade called by the All Apex Bodies Coordination Committee (AABCC) in protest against the purported inclusion of Dima Hasao in Nagalim and also the establishment of a satellite council in Dima Hasao was called off after several hours on Tuesday.The rail blockade programme had started peacefully from 6 am wherein thousands of people took part at New Haflong and Maibang stations forcing the Railways to detain trains at Lumding and Badarpur for hours.

At Diyungbra, hundreds of people coming to join the rail blockade were prevented by the police. The people then blocked the road communication in between Lanka- Haflong and also staged a dharna in front the Diyungbra Police station, it is learnt.

The All Apex Bodies Coordination Committee (AABCC) later, submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Deputy Commissioner, Dima Hasao which was accepted by the Additional Deputy Commissioner on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner, Dima Hasao in presence of all the office-bearers of AABCC. The memorandum signed by Kailen Daolagupu, president and Sounmang Changsang, general secretary spoke of their deep sense of distress, frustration and insecurity at the proposed secret Framework Agreement between Government of India and the NSCN (IM).

The memorandum stated that Dimapur, which is now part of Nagaland State created in 1963 was the capital of the erstwhile Dimasa Kingdom but annexed by the British East India Company. Adding more territory of the people of Dima Hasao to the proposed Nagalim would be adding insult to injury, which would never be accepted by the people of Dima Hasao district.

It stated that the people of Dima Hasao are totally confused and apprehensive that something might go wrong since ‘the ‘Agreement Framework of NSCN (IM)’ signed on August 3, 2015 has been clocked in a cloak of secrecy.

The AABCC demanded that the Government should immediately act by rectifying the anomalies therein and bring the ‘Greater Nagaland Framework Agreement into the public domain and that “ our land should not be affected in solving the NSCN (IM)’s Greater Nagalim issue.”

The AABCC (All Apex Body Coordination Committee) also refuted in totality the proposed establishment of a satellite council in Dima Hasao for a particular community which is against the interest of other tribes of Dima Hasao who have been living in harmony since time immemorial.

 

Protests over Bordumsa killings in Tinsukia, Assam

Protests over Bordumsa killings in Tinsukia
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 DIGBOI, Dec 12 – Following the brutal killing of the father-son duo by ULFA ultras on Monday evening at Simoluguri village of Hunjan area in Kakopather under Bordumsa Police Station, protesters from various corners of the district unanimously lambasted the security forces for failing to ensure protection of life and property of the common people in Tinsukia district. Aggrieved organisations, including the AASU, All Assam Moran Students Union, AJYCP, etc., took to the streets here shouting slogans against the police and Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in the State for their gross failure to provide security and safety despite having material inputs confirming the movements of ULFA militants in the area earlier in the morning on the fateful day.

Meanwhile, Doomdooma police has apprehended Pranjal Moran, Nabakanta Boruah and Diganta Saikia who have suspected to be involved in the killing of the father-son duo.

The death of Anteswar Mahanta and Karun Mahanta at the hands of ULFA cadres was mourned by people at large. They called a Kakopathar town bandh from 10 am to 4 pm today and staged a road blockade at Hunjan Tiniali on the NH-52. A protest rally by local organisations was also taken out. Shocked, furious and aggrieved people and organisations demanded justice for the slain father and son. They also demanded action against the ultra group.

Meanwhile, Sarbananda Sonowal has declared a one-time financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to each deceased to be given to the grief-stricken family.

It may be added here that Anteswar Mahanta, who was the president of Simoluguri VDP and an active grassroots level member of the BJP, had always opposed ULFA militants on various occasions earlier.

Claiming responsibility of killing the father-son duo for spying, the ULFA in a press communique said that the deceased were working against the banned organisation.

However, operations against the ULFA continued at various vulnerable places across the Tinsukia district and along the inter-state border.

Meanwhile, fear psychosis among the people, including tea garden workers and factory owners in particular, prevails as the group of newly-trained militants under the leadership of Rupam Asom hasn’t been effectively contained. Tea gardens such as Sri Krishna, Bogapani, Hollongabi in Digboi, MKB and Lalung in Bordumsa, and Samdung in Doomdooma have been alerted and additional security has been ensured by the police to thwart the ultra outfit’s designs.

IGP RK Meena, who has been camping in Tinsukia for around 15 days expecting the surrender of a few hardcore ULFA militants, has been personally monitoring the operation after the Kakopather incident.

Meanwhile, the bodies of the father-son duo were brought to their home with due honour from Tinsukia Civil Hospital in a huge procession. The cremation took place this evening.

Meanwhile, the Moran Students Union in association with various local student organisations has called a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh in Tinsukia district in protest against the killing.

 

Mehgalaya: Protest outside CM’s residence ends

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

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SHILLONG, Dec 08: A protest staged by members of the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) outside the official residence of Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma ended rather abruptly when the members of the NGO were summarily rounded up here on Friday.
These members of the HYC were later released after being picked up for ‘illegally’ staging this protest.

The surprise protest was taken out within an hour of the Chief Minister leaving his residence to attend the winter session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, which began here on Friday.
Armed with placards and banners, the activists on hunger strike also shouted anti-Congress slogans condemning the passive attitude of the Chief Minister and his government towards the 14 charter of demands which include implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP).
It was a short time after the HYC members started the protest that police came and immediately picked them up, loaded them into a bus and took them to Sadar Police Station.

Read more on this at: http://meghalayatimes.info/index.php/front-page/40692-protest-outside-cm-s-residence-ends-abruptly-for-hyc

CPI plea to name institute after Irom Sharmila

Imphal, Feb. 8: The Manipur unit of the CPI has urged the Okram Ibobi Singh government and the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to rename Imphal’s Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences as the Irom Sharmila Institute of Medical Sciences.

The CPI adopted a resolution to press for renaming the institute in the name of rights crusader Irom Sharmila in the 11th conference of CPI’s Imphal East local council at Lamlai in Imphal East today.

“We have adopted a resolution to demand the change in the name of the institute to Irom Sharmila Institute of Medical Sciences, in recognition of her sacrifice for the people of the country,” R.K. Amusana Singh, secretary of the local council, said.

He said the CPI would urge both the state and the central governments to change the name of the institute.

Sharmila has been fasting for more than 14 years demanding the repeal of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences special ward, an extension of the Sajiwa jail has been her home ever since she was first arrested and remanded in judicial custody on the charge of attempting to commit suicide more than 14 years ago.

Sharmila began her hunger strike on November 5, 2000, at Malom, near Tulihal airport in Imphal after troops of the Assam Rifles shot dead 10 civilians to retaliate against a militant attack at a bus stand.

She has been released every time she completed her one-year’s jail term, the maximum term for the offence of attempting to commit suicide, only to be rearrested and sentenced to jail.

Sharmila was freed from jail on January 22 after an Imphal court rejected the police charge that Sharmila was attempting to commit suicide under Section 309 IPC. However, she was rearrested two days later on the same charge after she continued her hunger strike after coming out of jail.

Sharmila was produced before an Imphal court yesterday for her routine appearance.

Talking to reporters, Sharmila had said mainland India never accepts northeastern states as a part of the country. “It is the reason why the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act is enforced in this region,” she said.

Sharmila also said the BJP’s immigrant gaffe will encourage separatist movements in the Northeast.

“We took the decision to demand the renaming of the institute after a thorough discussion at the level of state council of the CPI. The CPI wants to recognise her supreme sacrifice for upholding human rights and dignity,” Amusana Singh said.

He said the CPI would send copies of the resolution to the Centre and also to the chief minister for considering the demand.

The story behind development projects. | Manipur News | KanglaOnline.com

Clearing the proposal for the Tipaimukh dam would mean approving for the submergence of 227 sq km of forest land in the state that will destroy an estimated 82.47 lakh trees.  As per the records of the Environment Ministry, “the Tipaimukh hydel project requires more than one-fifth of the total 118,184 hectares of forest land diverted for execution of 497 hydel projects in the entire country after the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 came into force. The forest land required for the project is more than 100 times the average rate of diversion of forest land for 497 hydel projects for which approval under the FC Act has been accorded by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.” All the figures being mentioned in association with the proposed Tipaimukh hydel project are mind boggling

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Arunachal Pradesh: East Siang villagers surrender airguns to stop hunting

In a ‘rare’ show to shun hunting of wild animals, five people of Sigar and Borguli villages, situated on the fringes of Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary in East Siang district, on Wednesday surrendered their airguns to district forest officer (DFO) Tashi Mize. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Arunachal-villagers-surrender-airguns-to-stop-hunting/articleshow/14723740.cms?