Slogan shouting activists held
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 25: Five Meitei Mayek activists including two women were hauled up by the Assembly security personnel when they shouted slogans from the visitors' gallery today.

The five activists exercised their vocal chord as soon as the Speaker announced that the session has been adjourned till 11 am tomorrow.

One person was arrested for shouting slogans inside the Assembly yesterday and following that security was beefed up at the Assembly complex and all visitors were screened thoroughly today.

Even newsmen covering the Assembly proceedings were asked to display their identity card in full view.

Interestingly all the five activists had visitors cards issued in their names.

Even as the five activists began to shout, the Assembly Marshals including women rushed in and managed to gag their mouths and only the word 'Meitei Mayek' could be heard reverberating in the hall of the Assembly.

The commotion took both the Ruling and the Opposition bench by surprise and even the Speaker who was on his way out stopped a while and took a look the visitors' gallery.

The two women activists were issued by the visitors' card on the recommendations of MLA S Ibohal.

They are identified as Heisnam Keinahanbi of Ningthoukhong (39) and Nongmeikappam Bimola (36) also of Ningthoukhong.

Of the three men two were recommended by Minister of State L Radhakishore.

They are identified as Naorem Ibohal (34), president of the Bishnupur branch of All Manipur Meitei Mayek Sandokpa and Hinghanba Lup and Khongbantabam Chandrakanta (26) of teacher of Meitei Mayek at Bishnupur Higher Secondary School.

The other man is identified as Thangkholun Hapkip of New Lambulane Chassad Avenue.

He is the president of the Ukhrul branch of All Manipur Meitei Mayek Sandokpa and Hinghanba Lup.