Three dacoits nabbed with arms in Lakhipur

SILCHAR, August 31: In an operation by 6 Assam Police Bn led by Anjan Pandit, SDPO of Lakhipur, 3 dacoits were nabbed from their houses at Hatihar area under the sub-divisional police station at around 4 am in the morning today. The dacoits have been identified as Saifuddin (56), Abdul Rahman Laskar (23) and Khoya Ali Laskar (19). Police recovered from their possession 3 handmade pipe guns, 2 of which were fully loaded, 2 iron pipes, 1 rod and a mobile phone during the raid.
In this operation, Aton Singh, SI Lakhipur PS, and Sheikh Uddin Ahmed, in-charge Banskandi PS, joined it. The dacoits are highway robbers and hijackers of vehicles. Their modus operandi is to waylay cars plying on roads and highways particularly during night and rob the passengers. They threatened the passengers if they did not handover their valuables, cash and other things, they would be treated accordingly. Police sources said Khoya Ali Laskar was arrested some time back on the charge of dacoity. Saifuddin and Abdul Rahman Laskar are father and son respectively. (Source:SentinelAssam)

ILP imbroglio: NEPO observes 'black day', tribal bodies oppose

Silchar, August 31: In protest against the move of the Ibobi Government of Manipur to table a Bill and the possibility of its being passed in the emergency session of the Legislative Assembly, North East People’s Organization (NEPO) observed ‘black day’ and the tribal bodies All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur (ATSUM), Kuki Students’ Organization (KSO) and the All Naga Students’ Association of Manipur (ANSAM) have strongly expressed their opposition to it.
Sadhan Purkayastha, working president of NEPO, said that the ‘black day’ today at the pedestal of Khudiram Bose statue here observed by the workers and supporters of the Organization was against the apprehension that three Bills to be passed by the Assembly of Manipur would take away the rights of the non Manipuri Indian people residing in Manipur engaged in different business. Describing the three Bills as unconstitutional and undemocratic, NEPO called upon the Government of Manipur to consider all its pros and cons.
According to information from the capital of Manipur, the two day emergency session of the Assembly has taken up the issue of ILP where three Bills related to the agreement signed between Joint Committee on ILP System (JCILPS) and the Government of Manipur was placed on August 28 and August 31 for threadbare discussions and to prepare the ground for its approval by the House. The three Bills that came up for discussion included The Protection of Manipur People’s Bill, The Manipur Land Revenue and Reforms Bill and Manipur Shops and Establishments Bill.
The information further says the three Bills are likely to be passed today. The Bills are aimed at curbing the unabated influx of migrants into the state. According to the 2011 Census, the population of the state is 28.56 lakh. The growth rate of population is found to be higher than that of India. Against this background, JCILPS has demanded, besides implementation of ILP, amendment to Manipur Land Reforms Act of 1960 and the Shops and Establishments Act of 1973 in order to protect and safeguard the interests of the indigenous people of the state.
Apprehending adverse impact of the ILP and other Bills, KSO, ANSAM and ATSUM have come out openly against the Bills. According to them, the ILP has been drafted at the dictate of the JCILPS and the tribal Assembly members have not been consulted. These bodies contended that hill tribes in the present Manipur were never ruled by the Manipur King. In fact, it was the British who brought the hill areas within the fold of Manipur. Even after Manipur was annexed following the Palace Uprising in 1891, the hill areas was not brought under the King, but kept under the President of Darbur.
The joint statement also highlighted it was only after the Kuki uprising during 1917 – 1919 that the British introduced new administrative agreement for the hill areas by dividing them into four sub-divisions. When Manipur was about to be conferred statehood in 1972, there was an apprehension that the interests of the tribal would be at stake. The Parliament to address the issue as a measure enacted Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act of 1971.
The joint statement apprehended that if the ILP system is implemented, the tribal people will be further marginalized in their ancestral home due to lack of political autonomy to safeguard their interests. Hence, it has been argued that the Bills if enacted into Acts would only lead to tension and conflict. The tribal bodies have called upon all the legislators to stand up and assert the rights of the tribals as empowered by Article 371 (C) of the Constitution of India and also impressed upon all the members of the Assembly to appreciate the situation of all the communities living in the present state of Manipur. Information from Imphal says that the three Bills passed by the Legislative Assembly today will now be sent to the Governor of the state for his approval. The tribal bodies in the meantime have called for bandh across the hill areas. (Source:SentinelAssam)

Declare Manipuris as indigenous community of Assam,MSTDC to Government

SILCHAR, Aug 29: Manipuri Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee (MSTDC) of Assam with its headquarters here in a memorandum addressed to the Prateek Hajela, state coordinator of NRC Assam, sent through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar today has demanded indigenous community status for the Manipuris. The ground for demand has been supported with facts and figures. According to the Demand Committee, plain people of Manipur, the Meitei or Meetei or Manipuris, are a branch of great Tai race.
These Manipuris came down from China through the upper valley of Huang He and Yuan Sikiang rivers of China and reached Yunan. From the south western province of China, they proceeded down to the Irrawaddy river of Myanmar. Thereafter, they crossed the Chindwin Valley and reached Imphal Valley. W Sarat Chandra Singha, president of the MSTDC, quoted T.C. Hudson who said the valley of Manipur was originally occupied by several tribes, the principal of which were named Koomul, Looang, Moirang and Meithai. All of them came from different directions which conclusively proved that the first settlers in the valley of Manipur were Meiteis or Manipuris.
W Sarat Chandra Singha from the records stated in 1711, Ratna Kandala and Arundas Kataki, the two envoys of Ahom King, Rudra Singh, were sent to Tripura Raja. On their way to Tripura, they came across Manipuris selling their products at Ruangarang in Cachar. He referred to Tripura Burunji edited by S K Bhuyal where the event is recorded.
Further to substantiate the ground for ST status, Dr. M Santi Kumar Singha, general secretary of the MSTDC, pointed out there is historical evidence that the Manipuris started living in Assam since 1768. In the book ‘A History of Assam’ written by Sri Edward Gait, it is mentioned that the King of Manipur Jai Singh gave his daughter to Ahom King Rajeswar Singh in marriage. And the number of Manipuris who accompanied her were settled near the mouth of the Desoi at Magaluhat or Manipuri market.
Dr. M Santi Kumar Singha said Manipuris are found to be the second largest inhabitants in Cachar who counted 10723 as mentioned Cachar Record of 1851 which has been further quoted by noted historian J B Bhattacharjee in his book ‘Cachar under the British Rule in North East India’. The Statistical Accounts of Assam written by W W Hunter in 1872, it has further been mentioned that the Manipuris were found to settle in Cachar. Moreover, Manipuris were enlisted as aborigin tribes in Goalpara, Sivasagar and Kamrup districts of Assam. This account was given by Hunter while describing ethnical division of the people.
Both Sarat Chandra Singha and Dr. M Santi Kumar Singha in the memoranda signed by them have stressed that Manipuris are now found to be settled in almost all the districts of Assam, retaining their original costume, culture and tradition in their original form without any distortion. In fact, they have been maintaining their distinct cultural identity. On the basis of these facts, arguments and logic, MSTDC has pressed for declaration of Manipuris of Assam as indigenous people in order to enable all the settlers of the state get their undisputed pride of citizenship and enroll their names in the NRC update process. Manipuris, the Demand Committee has at the same time, impressed upon Prateek Hajela for inclusion of the names of Manipuris without any documents or testimonies of their citizenship as is being done in case of other indigenous communities. (Source:SentinelAssam)

NGO facilitates NRC form filling in Lakhipur

Silchar, Aug 28: The form submission and registration for NRC update process in Barak Valley is proceeding smoothly after the last date for form submission was extended by a month till August 31. Though certain constraints still remain, but more and more people have been able to submit their forms in the past few weeks. Many non government organizations (NGO) have come forward to facilitate the common people in filling up application forms for NRC.
South Barak Rural Development Agency, an NGO started in the year 2010, has established an NRC helpline centre in Binnakandie Part 2 to help the public in this regard. Speaking to The Sentinel, M Brojeshwar Singha, secretary of the NGO, said that the helpline desk was opened in the month of June to help the rural folks in submitting their names for inclusion in the updated NRC. The motto of the NGO is “accreditation and development of the rural economy at any time, any place.” So far, more than 600 forms have been filled up with the help and guidance of the NGO.
Even the NRC Seva Kendra (NSK), centre no. 22, at Narayanpur GP (Tea Garden) under Lakhipur sub division, manned by Local Registrar of Citizens Registration (LRCR) Parambir Goala, Marry Ray and Alauddin, data operators, has created a record of sorts by receiving 283 forms on August 7. The Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, S Viswanathan, IAS, has expressed his satisfaction at the brisk pace with which form submission has proceeded.
Speaking on the issue, T T D Daulagopu, SDO (Civil), Lakhipur, said that the government machinery is working round the clock to help the public in form submission. At this rate, hopefully every person within Lakhipur sub division will be able to submit their names for inclusion in the NRC. Speaking to this correspondent on the present status of NRC form submission, Hirendra Nath Sarma, LRCR, NSK No.18, Badrichandrapur GP, said that more than 90% of the people who are under this NSK have already submitted their application forms successfully. He assured that it will be completed within the stipulated timeframe of August 31.
Heramani Singh, assistant LRCR and GP secretary, said that till Thursday the NSK has uploaded around 3,000 forms out of the total 3,050 families under it. He praised Arifa Begum Choudhury, BLO, Ng Premjit Singha and N Sumita Singha, data operators, who have been working hard to facilitate the common people in form submission. He also informed that a local resident by the name of Akbar Ali Laskar, a railway employee, arrives at the NSK everyday to help the public in correctly filling up the application forms. (Source:SentinelAssam)

Regarding ILP a Letter to Editor Dainik Jugasankha 28 Aug

Letter to Editor Dainik Jugasankha 28 Aug 2015

Jiribam minorities decry Manipur government's policy on ILP

SILCHAR, Aug 27: It is most unfortunate that the Government of Manipur under pressure has at last agreed to promulgate Inner Line Permit (ILP). It has virtually surrendered before Joint Committee on ILP. What is of serious concern is to make 1951 as the cut-off year for identification of foreigners. This is not only unjustified but also unconstitutional. Manipuri attained a full-fledged state in 1972. Before that it was an union territory. Speakers after speakers at a meeting attended by more than 5000 people from different areas of Jiribam spoke about their sense of fear and panic to drive out ‘Mayangs’ or foreigners.
The question is how can Bengalis, Hindus and Muslims, be declared foreigners since they have been living in the areas for generations? The meeting held in the premises of Netaji High School playground at Jakuradahar on Wednesday was presided over by Archana Das, ZPC member of Jiribam Barak Circle. Harendra Chandra Das was present as chief-guest, hailing from Jakuradahar. Besides, others present included the office bearers of All Jiribam Minority Peoples Welfare Organization (AJMPWO).
The meeting was represented by the residents of Sonapur, Latingkhal, Borobekra, Jakuradahar villages. Asab Uddin, secretary, Gunadhar Das, vice-president of AJMPWO, Santanu Das, president of All Jiribam Bengali Students’ Union, Lamsang Dulian, secretary of Barak Brothers Union, as well as Mayur Singha representing Bishnupriya community articulated their views on the prevailing situation in Jiribam and at the same time decried in unison the policy of the Manipur Government adopted towards them.
Vishambar Namasudra, social worker, said it was in 2000 that Manipuri extremists forced the people of Durgapur under Jakuradahar to migrate from there. The helpless people had to leave their homes and lands and settled in Cachar. 200 evicted families are still living in Cachar. Even the newly settled Manipuris get land patta which is denied to them living there for generations. He referred to the fact how the Manipuris from Bangladesh settled down in the areas and provided land pattas.
It is all the most unfortunate as speakers pointed out that when they came to the jungle-infested Jiribam, they had taken all pains and labour to cut the jungles for settlement. They hammered that Manipuris came here much after the settlement of Bengalis. They asserted, “We are united and one. We are ready to die, but will not leave, come what may.” The meeting at the same time expressed their surprise at the silence of the Minister Debendra Singh from Jiribam elected on their votes towards their plight. His effigy was set on fire as protest.
Some families who were forced to leave Imphal and come down here for safety and security narrated at the meeting their miseries and sufferings. Even Manipuri police was hand in gloves, they alleged, in harassing them by extorting money from them, taking advantage of their helplessness. The speakers also took exception to the statements of Manipuri organizations that there was no harassment of Bengalis. (Source:SentinelAssam)