TODAY -

ATSUM's bandh comes into force
Source: The Sangai Express

Senapati, August 03 2022: In response to the call from ATSUM against the alleged illegal detention of student leaders, the Senapati District Students Association (SDSA) imposed a total shutdown beginning from early morning on Wednesday.

Volunteers supporting the bandh shooed away vehicles from the highway without proper reasons during the day.

According to a source, the tribals in Manipur under the banner of ATSUM have been striving towards an inclusive governance for better transparency and to bring equal development.

Under Article 371 C of the Constitution of India, tribals of Manipur have the full authority and autonomy under Autonomous District Council.

However, the Govt of Manipur has been manipulating and trying to fool the public with the so called "District Council Bill" by eliminating the most important word "Autonomous" .

Introduction of name sake Bills, which are a sham can never be accepted, said the source.

ATSUM in a statement stated that the Bill recommended by the Hill Areas Committee (HAC Bill, 2021) was never discussed before it was introduced in the State Assembly.

The said Bill can never be accepted by the tribal people until and unless the Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021 recommended by HAC is introduced and passed in the Assembly, it added.

The State Govt's refusal to table the HAC recommended ADC Bill, 2021 in the Assembly has constrained the tribal people to go in for intense agitation in the hill districts of Manipur, they said.

It was to resolve the issue that an MoU were signed between the State Govt and ATSUM to the effect that the HAC recommended ADC Bill, 2021 would be tabled and discussed in the winter session of the Assembly, 2021.However, the State Government failed to abide by the pact, alleged ATSUM and added this deceptive act can never be accepted.

Kakai Singsit, secretary of finance, ATSUM while briefing the media at Senapati stated that the agitation is an unequivocal stand of the 3 student bodies of the hill districts including the ATSUM, ANSAM and KSO, GHQ.

The bandh will continue and will be intensified if the Govt does not table the HAC recommended ADC Bill in the State Assembly, he said and strongly condemned the arrest of its senior leaders including some executives of ATSUM.

KANGPOKPI: The emergency shutdown imposed by various tribal bodies in Kangpokpi district and spearheaded by the Kuki Students' Organization Sadar Hills crippled normal life and traffic movement as the shutdown which began yesterday afternoon continued till today.

The emergency shutdown in the Kangpokpi district began yesterday afternoon at around 7 pm over the arrest of ATSUM leaders and the failure to release them by the Government before 6 pm as demanded by its federating units.

Volunteers were seen blocking National Highway 2 at downtown Kangpokpi IT Road and Gamgiphai while a similar blockade was also reported along National Highway 37.The otherwise busy National Highway at Kangpokpi district headquarters wore a deserted look as the traffic movement, except for the exempted services, came to a standstill while normal life has been badly affected owing to the complete closure of business establishments.

Educational institutions both Government and private were also closed while minimal attendance was witnessed in all the Government institutions.

As the emergency shutdown continues, many vehicles including loaded trucks and passenger vehicles were seen stranded along the National Highway at T Khullen village.

There are at least 3/4 patients in each passenger bus stranded along National Highway 2 which returned to the state after medical check-ups at Guwahati.

Some patients including kidney and cancer patients are seen in very serious conditions.

On learning the situation where such patients are among the stranded passengers and with the request and initiative of the SP Kangpokpi, the KSO Sadar Hills released all those passenger buses carrying patients on humanitarian ground at around 1.30 pm.

An ambulance from the District Hospital Kangpokpi also picked up stranded patients from T Khullen and dropped them at Imphal.

However, other vehicles including loaded trucks were still stranded and no untoward incident has been reported till the time of filing this report.

Volunteers at Kangpokpi town were seen checking the documents of people traveling on medical grounds, airport, examinations, etc, and only those found genuine were given passage while others were sent back.

Speaking to the media, KSO Sadar Hills general secretary, Thangtinlen Haokip said that the tribal bodies including KSO, TSA, Zillai, KomRem Students Union, TYA, etc.

in Kangpokpi district are extremely disappointed over the arrest of ATSUM leaders yesterday and to "show our resentment an emergency shutdown has been strictly enforced in the district since yesterday afternoon.

"However, on learning about patients among the stranded vehicles we decided to release them in a very civilized manner showing the highest humanity despite the Government's insensitivity," he added.

The student leader said that the Government should understand the sentiment of the tribal people and release the arrested ATSUM leaders unconditionally at the earliest.

He further said that more intense forms of agitation will be initiated if the arrested ATSUM leaders are not released soon.

It may be recalled that though the emergency shutdown began yesterday, the actual shutdown as announced by the ATSUM is scheduled to begin at 6 pm on August 3 and go on till 6 pm of August 4 while it will be followed by various intense agitations from August 5.The emergency shutdown was imposed by ATSUM federating units in all hill districts yesterday afternoon following the arrest of ATSUM leaders.

UKHRUL: Flatly rejecting the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Bills (6th and 7th Amendment) which were tabled in the Assembly on August 2 by the TA and Hills Minister, the All Tribal Students' Union Manipur (ATSUM) laid down the reasons for imposing the emergency shutdown ahead of it proposed 24 hours bandh which was to come into force from 6 pm of August 3 .

Speaking to the media during a press conference today at the TKS office at Hamleikhong in Ukhrul, vice president of ATSUM, Vanlallian Khaute that the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils, 6th and 7th Amendment Bill, which were tabled in the Assembly yesterday stand rejected.

The student leader further said that the State Government has betrayed the tribal community in failing to honour the agreement inked between the student body and the Government in December 2021 .

The stand of ATSUM is that the ADC Bill prepared by the HAC be tabled, discussed and passed, he reiterated and added that the failure to table the same even today is depriving the tribal people of their rights.

Instead of honouring their commitment to table the Bill, the State Government has gone ahead and arrested ATSUM leaders, he said and added that any design to subdue the rights of the tribal people will not be tolerated.

Secretary of ANSAM, AC Thotso, who was also present at the press meet questioned why the tribal MLAs have maintained a smug silence on the matter even now.

It is the collective wish of the tribal people to see the ADC Bill tabled in the Assembly, he said.

Demanding the arrested ATSUM leaders should be released immediately without any condition, Thotso and added that if the State Government fails to respect the rights of the tribal people, then more intense form of agitation would be launched.

The ATSUM bandh crippled normal life in Ukhrul and shops and other establishments remained close.

On the other hand, the Zillai (Vaiphei Students' Association), Tengnoupal district and Kuki Students' Organisation, Moreh Block (KSO-MB) have endorsed the All Tribal Students' Union Manipur's (ATSUM) 24-hour total shutdown of all hill districts in the State from 6 pm August 3 to 6 pm August 4 .

A statement issued by the Zillai has appealed to the State Government for the unconditional release of all detained ATSUM leaders in the interest of the tribal community.

In a statement, KSO-MB also appealed to the State Government to find a democratic and peaceful solution to the ongoing issues by holding dialogue with the concerned stakeholders.

KSO-MB further urged the public of Moreh to avoid unnecessary travel during the stipulated 24-hour shutdown.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




HEADLINES - 04, AUG 2022
  • Remand for 5 ATSUM leaders
  • No recognition to villages with less than 50 households: CM
  • 7th anniversary of Framework Agreement : Naga bodies urge PM to honour pact
  • Low count continues with 32 new cases
  • AMWJU, EGM, MHJU decry
  • Women held with drugs worth Rs 6 Cr
  • Photos of Govt school teachers to be posted
  • House passes seven demands for grants
  • MACS urges
  • Har Ghar Tiranga campaign
  • Dismantling of floating huts, "Athaphums" begins at Loktak lake
  • Nupi Samaj asserts
  • Rhythms of Manipur
  • Remanded
  • CADA calls for clarification
  • JNIMS receives letter of intent for increase in MBBS seats
  • LMG extends monetary aid to kidney patient
  • Planned shutdown
  • Total, emergency shutdowns affect normal life in hills
  • Bandh intensifies after 6 pm in hill districts
  • ATSUM calls for intensifying stir
  • New village recognition law soon: CM N Biren
  • Ram Muivah urges CM to invite ATSUM for talks
  • Scribes decry harassment of AMWJU president by NIA
  • Naga bodies urge PM Modi to uphold FA pact
  • No missive from Centre mandating Hindi in state: Minister
  • LDA starts removal of illegal structures from Loktak
  • 32 new active cases detected
  • Vendors held with drugs, explosive materials
  • HV crops being distributed in hill districts: Letpao
  • Govt to procure 1 lakh MT paddy from farmers
  • FIR registered against ATSUM, KSO, YPA executives
  • Committee backs MLA Ranjit's call to save Pumlen pat
  • Consultative training prog held
  • "Naga people aware of GOI's divisive tactics"
  • Kangpokpi, Bishnupur prepare for KT campaign, distribute flags
  • ART shortage worries Cong MLA; MACS allays fears
  • Claims, counter claims over vending slot continue
  • Truck driver electrocuted, helper hurt
  • CADA raises posers on mass ganja plantation
  • Interaction prog, medical camp held
  • YPPM urges Assembly to summon academicians
  • Tender floated for Lamphelpat project: Awangbow Newmai
  • TASO commends successful students of Tousem area
  • Rhythms of Manipur troupes return
  • Entrepreneurship Development Prog in Sept
  • Results of painting competition declared
  • Indefinite bandh called along NH 37 from Aug 5
  • House passes 7 demands for grants
  • Ex-MLA calls for caution on ADC Bills
  • Hearing on election petitions on Aug 8
  • DC Chandel inspects project sites
  • Agri director junks social media posts
  • GP College TSU warns of protest
  • Chinese hand grenade recovered
  • LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Children Camp @JNMDA Imphal #3 : Gallery
  • Violence in Manipur 2023-2024 : Timeline
  • Education Fair @Imphal #1 : Gallery
  • Project Associate @ CSE, Assam Univ
  • Understanding schizophrenia
  • Advancement in Multi Objective Optimization
  • When will women in voter list increase ?
  • Making 2 plus 2 is equal to 5
  • Changing face of drug menace
  • Scientist of Manipur: Jayanta Manoharmayum
  • 25 yrs since Atal Vajpayee visit to RIMS
  • 4 Lakhs donated to support (L) Maipak Family
  • Clarification: Guwahati Meet on Humanitarian
  • Start UPSC prep after 12th for success
  • Tips to avoid melting makeup in summer
  • Giving a big solid push to ST demand
  • Time to come clean
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba: 1 occasion, 2 narratives #3
  • Khongjom Day @Khebaching #2 : Gallery
  • A year of hostilities
  • Licypriya Kangujam to travel to Italy
  • Declining moral standards in public life
  • Healthy democracy with independent media
  • Why endangered species matter to us
  • Significant Guwahati meeting : 1st visible step
  • The Pallel story
  • Aftermath of ferocious hailstorm #2 : Gallery
  • Ukhrul: Climate change grip on water supply
  • Commemoration of World Eld's Deer Day
  • Indo-Naga Talks (From 2012) :: Timeline
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Hiyanglam
  • Dance of democracy, a miracle in making !
  • Learn to look 10/20/30 years hence
  • The zero FIR, zero lesson
  • 'Ishanou' Selection @ Cannes #1: Gallery
  • MOU signed: MTI-HUB & KIIT-TBI & SAbF
  • Lament of the Mourning Choir :: Poem
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Wabagai
  • RSS-BJP fracas
  • Trials for Canoe Slalom World Cup
  • Poser from a villager says it all Kamjong
  • The cover-up effort
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #2
  • Manipuri women in the arena of politics
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Assam
  • Aimee Baruah at red carpet of Cannes
  • National Defence Academy Exam 2024
  • How digital media changed communications
  • Manipur stands scandalised
  • All eyes on UP battle
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #32: Download
  • Riots to a shrine- Ram Mandir of Ayodhya
  • Handle with care. F.R.I.E.N.D.S inside!
  • The Power of Poppy - 31 :: Poem
  • Celebrate the journey !
  • Career counselling : A life guidance tool
  • Scientist of Manipur: Amom Ruhikanta
  • Conspiracy, thy name is Kuki !
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Thounaojam
  • Ket Meth New Album "Ghost Stories"
  • World Hypertension Day
  • International Day of Families
  • Let the rule of law prevail
  • When donation becomes obligatory demand
  • Tourism of Manipur through Gastronomy
  • Beyond Eternity :: Poem
  • Patriarch subjugation on women
  • Celebrate Manipuri Cinema shine at Cannes
  • Training on cultivation of various mushroom
  • Transformative impact of Ayurveda & Yoga
  • War for over a year : Delhi is answerable
  • The logic behind illogical chargesheet
  • Preserving Thang-Ta :: Rare Photos
  • Regarding Human Rights Situation in Manipur
  • World Hypertension Day 2024
  • Article 355 of Constitution of India #3
  • Disinformation campaign touba thengnarey
  • Deeply mourn the demise of Oja Biren Lamba
  • Water Mimosa for sustainable development
  • Publicity drives of educational institutions
  • ED's revolutionary move!!!
  • Malemnganbi Laishram : Science Topper
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2024 #2: Gallery
  • Thokchom Sheityajit : Arts Topper
  • Aiena Naorem : Commerce Topper
  • AISSE 2024 Exam Result- RKM Imphal
  • Gold, new world currency !
  • Milk for hair and skin
  • Of illegal immigrants & the larger picture
  • The missive from Kamjong
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Science Topper
  • HSE 2024 : Subject Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : District Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : Candidates with Highest Marks
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Science Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Arts Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Commerce Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Arts Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Commerce Topper
  • Sezo Ringa- Debut Music Video "Revival"
  • Journalism - A thrilling career #2
  • After Class XII where? The eternal question
  • Entry of Arvind Kejriwal
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #1
  • Our nurses, our future: Power of care
  • Screenplay Writing course concluded
  • Workshop on IP & Patent Filing held
  • Let there be less Politics in Sports
  • Sam Pitroda is absolutely white
  • Motherhood: Soul & spirit of family & society
  • Time has come to criminalise ecocide
  • Meiteis, a disappearing community in Manipur
  • World Bamboo Congress @Taiwan : Gallery
  • Ima Manipur should smile more
  • 2nd National Lok Adalat at High Court
  • The Power of Poppy - 30 :: Poem
  • Army impact on Tamphasana Wushu odyssey
  • Aftermath of ferocious hailstorm #1 : Gallery
  • "Dynamic library service" :: Book Rvw
  • Radio E-pao: Manipuri Film OST (130+ song)
  • Artificial Intelligence & Environment
  • Article 355 of Constitution of India #2
  • Integrated Farming Systems for farmers #4
  • Delhi's stand after 1 year of clash
  • A new type of terrorism
  • Scientist of Manipur: Waikhom Vishwanath
  • SRF, JRF, RA @ Assam University
  • The Bleeding River :: Poem
  • Executive Meeting of WMC Assam Unit
  • Journalism - A thrilling career #1
  • Raising the call to replace Minister
  • A storm in a political teacup
  • Cheirao-chingkaba @ Chinga : Gallery
  • Happy Mother's Day
  • Empowering hill communities via U-Mangra
  • African Swine Fever
  • Free Training on Mushroom at Nagamapal
  • Harshit Dhingaun recieves award from Korea
  • Look for ways to restore normalcy
  • The danger of last kicks of a dying horse
  • Preserving Thang-Ta traditions
  • Resolving ST issue by democratic process
  • Top 5 songs to awaken your inner patriot
  • Project Assistant @ Manipur University
  • Leishemba Sanajaoba conferred Doctorate
  • Double tragedy: No time for red-tapism
  • A Youtuber called Dhruv
  • Nupi Landa Thaunaphabishing : Full Book
  • 174th Anniv Maharaj Narasingh #2 : Gallery
  • Challenges in Healthcare in rural Manipur
  • A salute to leadership quality of PM Modi
  • Career in press for freedom of expression
  • One day after devastating hailstorm
  • Understanding the suffering of others
  • A ferocious hailstorm @Imphal : Gallery
  • Article 355 of Constitution of India #1
  • Integrated Farming Systems for farmers #3
  • Election gossip & rumours
  • 'Melodic Minds' Tour in Guwahati
  • Leaving a trail of destruction
  • Political see-saw
  • A brand-new Scientific discovery
  • In memoriam of the happiness we shared !
  • Crop/animal for higher productivity in NE #5
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Sekmaijin
  • Oh Motherland :: Poem
  • Animal life should be treated with dignity
  • '365 Days of Chin-Kuki Aggression' : Gallery
  • Renaissance of politics in our youth
  • TB & tobacco co-epidemics in Indonesia
  • The Power of Poppy - 29 :: Poem
  • Advanced Charging Infrastructure in NE
  • Lessons learnt in the last one year
  • True colour of politics
  • World Heritage Day @ MU : Gallery
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Kakwa
  • Joint Combing Operations in Jiribam
  • Reboot PSUs for jobs: Task for new Govt
  • Ayurvedic remedies to keep healthy eyes
  • May 3, 2023 to May 3, 2024
  • One year of crisis, and what next ?
  • Scientist of Manipur: Nongmaithem Rajmuhon
  • Whither social justice & work for women?
  • Taiwan to enhancing economic ties with India
  • Integrated Farming Systems for farmers #2
  • Athoubasingi Numit #2 : Gallery
  • Privilege trap of While Male Meitei
  • Crop/animal for higher productivity in NE #4
  • 'Chizami Model' working in Gujarat ?
  • Racing towards the one year mark
  • On misattribution & falsifying history
  • Nupi Landa Thaunaphabishing #15 :: Book
  • May Calendar for Year 2024 : Tools
  • 12th World Bamboo Congress at Taiwan
  • Complex dance of democracy in Manipur
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Pangaltabi
  • Integrated Farming Systems for farmers #1
  • Showing ugly face of muscle power
  • Spare the rod, spoil the monster
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #31: Download
  • Socio-Historical analysis on Ethnic Conflict
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Langmeidong
  • Ngangbam Dipapati- Gold @European Cup
  • Crop/animal for higher productivity in NE #3
  • Fresh surge in violence
  • The real culprit
  • National Science Teacher workshop
  • Livelihood Disaster in Mapithel Region
  • Scientists of Manipur : Laishram Ladu Singh
  • Imphal Ring Road Project to Transform
  • Lok Sabha polls in Manipur #2 : Gallery
  • The Happiness Code : Download
  • NH-2 Bridge bombed @Sapermeina : Gallery
  • Khongjom Day @Khebaching #1 : Gallery
  • Id-ul-Fitr @Hatta #2 : Gallery
  • Workshop @ NSU Manipur : Gallery
  • 174th Anniv Maharaj Narasingh #1 : Gallery
  • Lok Sabha polls in Manipur #1 : Gallery
  • Children Camp @JNMDA Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chak Katpa #2 : Gallery
  • Scientists of Manipur : Laitonjam Warjeet
  • Community seed bank @Umathel : Gallery
  • Athoubasingi Numit #1 : Gallery
  • Scientists of Manipur : Ngangkham Nimai
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chak Katpa #1 : Gallery
  • Kenedy Khuman (Singer) : Gallery
  • Students @ Class X Exam : Gallery
  • GHOST of PEACE :: Download Booklet
  • List of Kings of Manipur: 33 - 1984 AD