Chandel rallies, torches offices
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 07 2010: In protest against the State's Government decision to prohibit the entry of NSCN (IM) General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah into Manipur, a mass protest rally was taken out at Chandel today.

Some Govt offices were also torched last night.

A large number of people assembled at Maha Union Higher Secondary School ground and marched past the Chandel DC office before winding up at Japhou Keithel.

There the protesters raised slogans like "We condemn Manipur State terrorism", "We condemn killing", "Manipur State terrorism down, down", "Long live Nagalim", etc.

On the other hand, suspected supporters of the movement against the State Cabinet's decision to bar entry of Muivah into Manipur set ablaze Chandel Forest office, Agriculture office, Chandel SDO office and Chakpikarong SDO office.

Out of these offices, Chandel SDO office could be saved by timely intervention of fire tenders while others were badly damaged.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by the Chandel Naga Civil Society Coordination Core Committee said that it organised the mass rally under the aegis of the CNPO from the directive of the UNC.

The occasion was also observed as a black day for the killing of three innocent civilians and the injuries caused to hundreds of civilians by State forces.

A two minute silence was also observed as a mark of respect to the departed souls.

Finally, the three innocent persons who lost their lives were declared as national martyrs, added the release.