Condemnations pouring in
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 10: Expressing reservations over the omission of L Monika from the Beijing squad, Former Law Secretary and RTI activist L Ibomcha suggested that a criminal complaint amounting to criminal conspiracy, cheating and manipulation must be lodged at Delhi Police against Sports Authority of India/Indian Olympics Association by Monika or Manipur Weightlifting Federation.

Ibomcha further said that State Government must pressurise the Delhi Police to lodge the complaint as an FIR.

He added that a mere demand to investigate the matter by CBI would not bear any fruit but the State Government should take a Cabinet decision to hand over the case to the CBI.

A demand suit of atleast Rs 20 Crore must also be lodged to the Supreme Court or any other competent Court for harming reputation, torturing mentally and physically, Ibomcha suggested.

Taking serious note on the omission of weightlifter L Monika from the Beijing squad, Manipur People's Party (MPP) today sought the resignation of Indian Olympics Association chief Suresh Kalmadi on moral ground.

The party also sought to let people know on what is cooking behind the scene by carrying out an investigation.

Condemning the statement of Suresh Kalmadi given on the Monika case, MPP also asked whether such discrimination can be done to the sportpersons of other bigger States.

Meanwhile, Manipuri Students' Federation (MSF) urged Chief Minister O Ibobi, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister N Biren and three MPs to fly to Beijing and tell the world regarding the discriminating act of the Indian sports authorities by staging protest at the Olympics venue.

MSF also urged not to sell the posters of Indian national leaders as these posters are boycotted by the students' body.

Maintaining that the State leaders must stop to request the Indian leaders on the issue, Federation of Regional Indigenous Societies (FRIENDS) sought to punish the individuals involved in the Monika case.

Conveying that the disappointment in the Monika case is not the first one, Manipur University Students Union stressed on the need to do the needful so that such discriminations are not repeated to State sportspersons in future.

Condemning the omission, All Manipur Arts and Culture Students' Union also sought 'public apology' by the person involved in the mess to the people of the State.

The union also expressed strong reservations to Central Government for not taking up any step to punish the individuals involved.

Janata Dal (Secular), Manipur, Development Committee, Andro Kendra, Manipuri Cultural Society, Assam, All India Students' Federation (AISF), Nepra Manjor Pukhri Mapal Youth Development Association, Manipur Masters Athletic Association, Heingang Kendra Sporting Union, Kanglei Indigenous Martial Arts, Kanglei Khorjei Kon and Society expressed dissatisfaction and condemnation on the omission of Monika.