Apunba Lup flexes unified muscles
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 07: Spearhead of the movement for complete removal of Armed Forces special Powers Act 1958 The Apunba Lup is all set to reactivate itself by taking up the case of alleged felony on Maibam Naobi Chanu.

conveying the matter to mediapersons by four coordinators of the Lup's working committee in a press conference held at Hotel Excellency today they also spelt out various plans to take naobi's case to its logical end.

Highlighting that the body had in recent times remained at the back stage and pledging to take up the people's cause with immediate effect, one of the coordinators, Babloo Laishram, asserted that the Lup would never deviate from the objective of complete repeal of AFSPA.

Expressing that Apunba lup accords equal importance to human rights violation in the case of Th manorama as well as that of Naobi Chanu, Babloo informed of the Lup committed to work in close coordination with the thoubal district JAC formed in the aftermath of Naobi's case.

All public movements connected to M Naobi's cause would be initiated under the Lup and authority concerned would be pressurised to concede/honour the JAC's demands.

Another coordinator Y Devdutta, who is also president of UPF, conveyed of the Lup's commitment to pursue the JAC's agenda which include demands for resignation of the chief Minister and his entire council of Ministers, stringent punishment against police commandos involved in Naobi's case and rustication of the Thoubal CJM.

During the ongoing HSSLC and HSLC examinations students and teachers would wear black badges to protest misconduct of the commando personnel while members of the public will stage mass sit-in-protests, outlined the coordinator of the Lup's plan of action.

Devdutta also observed that suspension of five personnel for their alleged role in the sordid crime and institution of a magisterial inquiry against them is State Govt's attempt to divert and subdue public angst.

Contending that public no more have faith or believe that the magisterial inquiry could provide justice to the victim girl, Devdutta referred to similar enquiries in the past which failed to fix responsibility or punish the guilty to substantiate his opposition to the inquiry.

He also contended that public desires imprisonment of the five accused personnel and initiation of a Judicial inquiry instead of Magisterial probe or suspension.

Coordinators Ph Devan and Langdon were also present in the media briefing.