Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, January 02:
Ningthoukhong Gopinath Leikai Meira Paibi Apunba Lup organised a Wakat Meepham at Ningthoukhong Bazar today highlighting the plight of the fishermen who dare not go fishing at Loktak lake after the December 27 operation launched by 9 Assam Rifles during which civilians were allegedly used as human shields.
Around 200 Meira paibis took part in the Wakat Meepham demanding that the Government take up necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the fishermen.
The demonstrators further resolved to convene a public meeting on January 4 to discuss the matter.
While the Wakat Meepham was on, all the shops and other business establishments downed their shutters at Ningthoukhong Bazar.
Talking to media, the villagers informed that around 30 civilians including one councillor were forced to row the boats by the Assam Rifles on the day the operation was launched at Loktak lake.