Two persons killed in reported poll-related violence at Wangoi Assembly Constituency; CM N. Biren, Wangoi MLA O. Lukhoi share griefs of bereaved families
Two persons including one Havildar of Special Command 2nd IRB were killed in a reported poll-related violence at Samurou Awang Leikai under Wangoi Police Station of Wangoi Assembly Constituency in Imphal West district last night. Deceased Havildar is identified as 40-Year-Old, Abujam Sachikanta alias Tomba, son of late Abujam Mani from the same locality. The second deceased is also from the same locality and is identified as 58-Year-Old, Abujam John, Son of late Abujam Dojo.
Impact News sources said Abujam John is an active worker of Wangoi MLA cum Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi. The incident reportedly occurred at Samurou Awang Leikai roadside at around 9.40 PM yesterday when unknown miscreants shot Abujam John twice on his left chest. He was immediately rushed to Advance hospital but succumbed to his injuries at around 10.30PM. While, Abujam Sachikanta was shot on his right abdomen. He was rushed to Raj-Medicity where he succumbed to his injuries at around 5AM today.
Locals of Samurou today erupted into agitation condemning the incident. Protestors blocked roads and prevented traffic movement. Top Police personnel including Imphal West District SP rushed to the area to contain the situation. Chief Minister N. Biren and Wangoi MLA O. Lukhoi took stock of the situation and condmened the incident. They met with the bereaved families and offered their condolences. JAC has been already formed against the double murder demanding justice. Wangoi Police Station has registered a case and investigations are underway.
New Restrictions in Manipur amid Omicron Scare
Manipur Government has imposed restrictions in the wake of Covid-19 Variant Omicron case detected in the state. Chief Secretary & Chairman, State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, IAS, in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 20(2)(a) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 issued an order to this effect today.
As per the order abiding the guidelines and National Directives for Covid 19 Management in view of reported increase of infection by the highly mutant Covid-19 variant B.1.1529 (OMICRON) in the country, Manipur Government has banned activities like Musical concerts, Thabal Chongba, Celebratory feasts, Large gathering of people in enclosed areas or indoor halls in the state.NIGHT CURFEW will be imposed from 9 PM to 4 AM, with exemption for essential services and medical emergencies. Covid Appropriate Behaviours like wearing of face masks in public places, gatherings and crowded areas are to be strictly enforced and violators will be penalised promptly under relevant rules.
Government has directed All District Magistrates to strictly enforce the above restrictions by invoking relevant provisions of law. The order shall remain in force till January 31st, 2022.
Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Letpao Haokip who won last election on NPP Ticket joins BJP; NPP National Vice President Y. Joykumar says no loss for NPP; wishes him all the best
Manipur Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Letpao Haokip who won the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election in 2017 on NPP Ticket joined the BJP at Party Headquarters in New Delhi today. Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav presented party stole and certificate to Letpao Haokip. BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra was also present on the occasion. Speaking at the event, Minister Letpao Haokip lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all his initiatives especially in the sports sector. He said he looks forward to work with the BJP Government.
On the other hand, National People’s Party, NPP National Vice President and Deputy Chief Minister, Yumnam Yoykumar said, NPP has nothing to lose on Minister Letpao Haokip joining the BJP. Letpao Haokip who won the last Election from 41 Chandel Assembly Constituency as NPP candidate is preparing to contest the Upcoming State General Election from 42 Tengnoupal A/C on BJP Ticket by officially joined the BJP today. Speaking to media, Y. Joykumar said NPP knew in advance that Letpao Haokip was joining the BJP. He said, NPP wishes him all the very best.
Meanwhile, Works Minister Thongam Biswajit said Water Resource Minister Letpao Haokip joining the BJP is a good move. He claimed that BJP is gaining popularity among the people because the party has brought welfare in many fields. The Minister was speaking at the Kamal Sakhi Booth Sammelan organised by Mahila Morcha BJP Thongju Mandal at Ningomthongjao Community Hall today. He maintained that there is no other political parties other than BJP which can bring progress in the nation. Biswajit said he will support Letpao Haokip in his endeavours . BJP Manipur Mahila Morcha leaders and womenfolk of Thongju Constituency attended the event.
First case of COVID-19 variant "Omicron" in the North East detected in a Tanzania Returnee from Imphal West District in Manipur; patient being treated at JNIMS Covid Ward; condition stable
Zomi Students' Federation (ZSF), General Headquarters, Thadou Students' Association, TSA Tengnoupal branch and The Joint Tribe Students' Association (JSTA) resolve not to endorse 24 Hr bandh called by All Tribal Students' Union (ATSUM) from November 20 in connection with The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021 though they support the bill
Zomi Students' Federation (ZSF), General Headquarters resolved not to endorse and support the proposed 24 hours total shut down called by All Tribal Students' Union (ATSUM) from November 20, 2021. ZSF says it would like to make it clear that The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021 requires more consultations and eliciting of opinions and comments from legal and constitutional experts before it is tabled at the House. Press release from ZSF says, No doubt, the bill aims at the equitable and just development of the people of Manipur irrespective of valley and hills. However, resorting to shut down and economic blockade to achieve our demands where democratic means are yet to be exhausted may turn counter-productive. It may also be mentioned that calling of bandhs and total shutdown at this juncture is wrong-timed, ill-conceived and uncalled for as festive season is approaching which will only bring hardships to the poor and daily wage labourers. It may also be noted that ZSF is neither consulted nor taken into confidence to call the shutdown. Therefore, ZSF will not support the total shut down called by ATSUM and will remain ineffective within the jurisdiction of ZSF. All offices and shops shall remain open as usual, the press release added.
Thadou Students' Association, TSA Tengnoupal branch has also unanimously resolved not to endorse ATSUM shutdown in all the Thadou inhabitant areas of Tengnoupal District. Press release from the student body stated that, when livelihood is approaching normal from being lock down due to COVID-19 and people are striving hard to earn more for Christmas celebration such type of Shutdown, Economic Blockade at this time is not acceptable. The students body appeals to leaders of ATSUM to re-consider their propose Shutdown and Economic Blockades in the interest of the people particularly of Hills. It also says, though we understand and support the motive of the Bill we are totally against the proposed Shutdown and Economic Blockades at this juncture. Therefore, the proposed Shutdown and Economic Blockades call by ATSUM will not be effective in all Thadou areas of Tengnoupal District.
After a prolong discussion on the 24 hours total shut down called by ATSUM in connection to HAC ADC Bill 2021, The Joint Tribe Students' Association (JSTA), a conglomerate of students' bodies consisting of All Inpui Students Union (AISU), Liangmai Naga Katimai Ruangdi (LNKR), Rongmei Naga Students Organization Manipur (RNSOM) and Zeme Students Organizations Manipur (ZSOM) along with advisors also resolved not to endorse the 24 hours Total Shut Down called by ATSUM. Press release from the body says, it supports the endeavours of the bill and appeal the Government also to take necessary best action at the interest of the Tribal at the right time. While Festive season is approaching, every walks of life earning for their daily bread, and educational institutions beginning to open after a prolonged lockdown, ATSUM's total shutdown and economic blockade are deemed unsuitable, untimely and uncalled for. Therefore, the ATSUM's 24 hours declared bandh will remain ineffective along the full stretch of NH-37. Also all National Projects under JTSA jurisdiction shall remain working in full swing. All shops and offices shall remain open to public, added the press release.
On the other hand, Kuki Students' Organisation, Tengnoupal District, Kuki Students' Organisation, Jiribam and Tamenglong District, Kuki Students' Organisation, Ukhrul District, Joint Student Bodies Churachandpur and Kuki Students' Organisation Sadar Hills have supported the bandh called by ATSUM.