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Thursday, March 25, 2010

SoO meeting to decide on designated camp locations, and honorarium issue

The Imphal Free Press

IMPHAl, March 24: A meeting of signatories of the Suspension of
Operation, SoO, namely representatives of the Union and state
governments and Kuki militant groups under KNO and UPF will be
convened tomorrow morning around 10 am at 1st Manpur Rifles Banquet

According to a higly placed official source the SoO meeting between
the government representatives and leaders of the Kuki militant groups
will chalk out the finalisation of approved designated camps as
proposed by various Kuki militants operating under the KNO and UPF.

The meeting will also discuss over the enhancement of the honorarium
provided to the cadres of the militants under SoO under the agreed
upon surrender policy of the Government of the India.

The source further mentioned that the meeting tomorrow will be
attended by Navin Verma, joint secretary North East, Ministry of Home
Affairs, Government of India, representing the Government of India,
chief secreatry Manipur DS Poonia and commissioner home V Vumlungmang
representing Government of Manipur and official representatives of the
Army, CRPF, Assam Rifles and BSF.

The source also said soon after the SoO meeting there will be an
official meeting of Strategic Operation Group (SOG) at the conference
of Old Secretariat Imphal around 3 pm which will be presided by the
chief secretary DS Poonia and attended by Central delegates and
official of the Army and paramilitary forces like AR, CRPF and BSF.

The meeting will review the state law and order situation in the state
the official source added.

Ten trafficked children intercepted by police at Sekmai

The Imphal Free Press

Newmai News Network

Imphal, Mar 24: It is apparent that there in no respite in child
trafficking in the state of Manipur as 10 more children including
three girls were being intercepted Wednesday morning by Sekmai police
while traveling in an inter-state bus heading for Guwahati.

All the children except one hailed from Churachandpur district, the
single child was from Mizoram, according to police.

It is worth mentioning that a press conference was held Tuesday in the
capital mainly to focus on the recent child trafficking cases from the
state organized by Impulse, NGO network. It may be recalled that 25
children were reportedly trafficked in June last and 54 boys in
January 2010 from Manipur, were trafficked to Karnataka and Tamil
Nadu, by some religious institutions in the pretext of providing them
good education.

Meanwhile, the ten trafficked children have been handed over to the
Child Line of Social Welfare department-Manipur, informed the Sekmai

According to police, the incident came to light when they were
performing their normal duty of checking the inter-state buses.

They came across the ten children who were traveling themselves with
proper tickets for Guwahati. They suspected the children of being
trafficked and detained at Sekmai police station, added the police

The police informed that when the children were being questioned, they
revealed that they were all above 18 years of age.

However, they all seemed to be minors and apparently they were being
trained to travel alone by the traffickers, added the police. Much
information could not be obtained as the children could hardly speak
Manipuri, according to police.

Meanwhile, G. Sheitabati, director, social welfare while appreciating
the role of Sekmai police in foiling the attempt of the traffickers
stated that the effort of Child Line is fruitful.

She further stated that the Child Line, Manipur had notified the
public on January 25 this year, to report immediately to the Child
Line if they found any traffickers trafficking children from the state

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