S Singlianmang Guite
Lamka, Jul 20 : With bandh volunteers unwilling to lend leniency even to nurses and other essential services including pharmacies, the twenty-four-hour general strike imposed by Zomi Students' Federation on Monday literally brought normal life here to a stand-still.
Life size effigies/photos of Chief Minister O Ibobi and Works Minister K Ranjit were set aflame later in the day, as the bandh enforced rigidly within the proper township ended without any violence. As the ZSF had made a prior announcement that even essential services will not be exempted during their strike, people and vehicles opted to stay out of the streets.
Today's bandh call was part of the ongoing agitation which the federation said was initiated for immediate handing over of Guite Road construction to BRO and revocation of the State Govt's decision to deploy IRB/Police Commandos in hill districts. The federation has already declared a public boycott on Works Minister K Ranjit and construction works undertaken by PWD in the district have already been halted.
Except for the police patrol parties and a handful of media personnel there were no vehicular movement on sight. The bandh impacts however trims down in so-me adjoining villages as shops are seen throwing their doors open to the public. Heralding their cause before the public, ZSF head- quarters had alleged that they have so far failed to receive any apology in any form from the Works Minister K Ranjit or from the state government, over the minister remark on the floor of the house that he was unaware of any cabinet deci- sion to hand over Guite Road to the BRO. Ranjit's loose remark on the house, ignoring the cabinet decision adopted by his prede- cessors has clearly offended the public here. 'We thank the public for their co-operation and support, the federation reiterates its commitment for the welfare of the general public and will still intensify its agitation depending on the response we receive from the government,' Kapkhanmuan, the ZSF President said today.
Student bodies, the ZSF in particular, and the civil societies here have been constantly pressing for the BRO since 2004.(TSE)
30 UG groups, 10 KCP factions : CM
By Our Staff Reporter
Cadres of a UG group in a camp-File photo
IMPHAL, Jul 20 : There are more than 30 militants groups in Manipur including 10 KCP factions, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh informed the Assembly today in response to a question raised by MLA Morung Makunga during the question hour.
The Chief Minister said that United National Liberation Front (UNLF), People's Liberation Army (PLA), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), United People's Party of Kangleipak (UPPK), Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), Kangleipak Communist Party- Military Council (KCP-MC) and People's United Liberation Front (PULF) are among the major UG groups while the hill-based groups include NSCN (IM), NSCN (K), Kuki National Organisation (KNO), an umbrella Organisation of 11 groups; United People's Front (UPF), another umbrella organisation of 8 groups, Naga National Council (NCC) and Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF), the Chief Minister said.
He further informed the House that there are 10 KCP factions. These are KCP (Noyon), KCP-MC Lanheiba Meitei, KCP-MC Lanjaba Meitei, KCP Lamphel, KCP City Meitei, KCP Kokkai, KCP Nando, KCP KK Nganba, KCP-MC Ningamba and KCP-MC Lallumba.
Over and above these, there are small outfits like the hill-based United Naga People's Council (UNPC), Komrem People's Army (KRPA), Kuki Revolutionary Front (KRF) and Sinlung People's Liberation Army (Sinlung Tiger Force) and the valley-based Kangleipak People's Liberation Army (KPLA-PULF Azad), he added.
To a supplementary question, the Chief Minister said Suspension of Operation (SoO) has been signed with Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United Peoples' Front (UPF). The organisations under KNO are Kuki National Front (Military Council), Kuki National Front (Zogam), United Socialist Revolutionary Army (Old Kuki), United Komrem Revolutionary Army (UKRA), Zomi Reunification Front (ZRF), Zou Defence Volunteer (ZDV-KNO), Hmar National Army (HNA), Kuki Revolutionary Army (Unification), Kuki Liberation Army (KLA-KNO) and Kuki National Army (KNA) while the organisations under UPF include Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA), Kuki National Front (KNF), United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF), Kuki Liberation Army (KLA-UPF), Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA), Kuki National Front (S), Hmar Peoples' Conference/ Democratic (HPC-D) and Zou Defence Volunteers (ZDV-UPF).
The fund required for payment of allowance to the armed cadres of the outfits which are signatories of SoO and for construction of their designated camps is to be arranged by the State Government first and the same would be afterward refunded by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the Chief Minister disclosed, while assuring to see that identity cards have been issued to all the cadres.
The armed cadres cannot be utilised by the Army in their Army, he assured the House.(TSE)