Cong stands by CM as another killing rocks Manipur

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Imphal
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  • Updated: Sep 02, 2009 00:47 IST

The Congress has no intention of removing Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh for now.

Apunba Lup, a conglomerate of outfits protesting against the alleged fake encounters in the state, has been demanding the chief minister’s removal.

A state Congress leader, who did not want to be identified, said, “Removing him is not going to end of the problem of insurgency.”

But the organisation even set a deadline of September 2 for the legislators of the Congress-led Secular Progressive Front’s coalition partners to take a decision on removing Singh.

It has also demanded release of its leaders and compensation for families of those killed.

Before the unrest over the alleged fake encounter of a pregnant woman and a former militant on July 23 died down, another encounter of an 18-year-old youth led to a 24-hour shutdown on Tuesday along the road that connects capital Imphal and Mayang town in Imphal West district.

The latest encounter victim was Yumnam Kumarjit, who was reportedly gunned down by a combined team of police commandos and Gorkha regiment jawans in Bishnupur district on August 24.  He was missing since August 12.

 “We will continue with our agitation until security forces stop such killings,” said Ibempishak, president of the newly formed joint action committee against the latest killing.

The committee has submitted a memorandum to

Singh, demanding action against the security personnel involved in the encounter and a CBI probe into the incident, although Singh had already ordered a judicial inquiry into the July killings.

Quizzed about the Manipur situation, All India Congress Committee member L. Faliero, who is in charge of the state, said he was “in touch” with the chief minister.

A delegation of opposition parties is expected to come to Delhi soon to brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the situation.

Bharatiya Janata Party state unit chief Haobam Barababu also demanded imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

 

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