SHDDC reiterates its stand, slams govt
Three ouf of 21 fasting volunteers sent to jail
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, August 28 2011:
Mounting pressure to the government to grant district status to Sadar Hills, the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) today reiterated its stand for immediate declaration of a full-fledged Sadar Hills district and slammed the state government for trying to suppress the issue by asking for a period of three months.
Seikhothang Haokip, spokesperson of SHDDC told reporters in a press meet held today at Gamgiphai that they have met the President, the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister on the issue and pressed them to direct the state government to grant district status to Sadar Hills.
The three leaders assured them that they will advise the state government on the matter.
Later they met the Chief Minister in New Delhi and in Imphal also during which the CM told them to wait for three months since the government has set up a committee to reorganize the boundaries and police jurisdiction of the districts of the state after which, their demand will be discussed.
Reacting to the proposal of the government, he told reporters that SHDDC cannot wait for even three weeks let alone three months as asked by the government.
SHDDC has decided to launch a mass hunger strike if the government fails to give their demand within a week.
However, a public meeting which is to be held tomorrow at Gamgiphai will discuss the proposal of the government in which the course of action for the ongoing agitation will be decided.
There are high possibilities that MLA Thangminlen Kipgen and Haokholet Kipgen will be attending the public meeting, he said.
Meanwhile, Saparmeina police today produced three protestors whose health condition had worsened before the CJM's Court in Imphal and they have been sent to jail.
The three protestors who were sent to jail were identified as Hanglam Haokip (47), Nengai Kipgen (47) and Neilhing Kipgen (52).The remaining 18 protestors including two men are continuing their fast at Saparmeina and Kangpokpi demanding a full-fledged Sadar Hills districts.