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JAC refutes Home Minister's claim on proposed talks
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, July 20 2015 : Joint Action Committee (JAC) against the brutal killing of Sapam Robinhood was not invited by the State Government for a dialogue to bring about a solution despite claims by Home Minister Gaikhangam during the media briefing.

When reporters of Hueiyen Lanpao interacted with the members of JAC, it was learnt that the Government have not sent a formal letter inviting the JAC for a dialogue nor contacted anyone through the phone.

Chairman of the JAC said that even if the State Government invites them, they will take the approval of the public before going to the negotiating table.

He also said that the State Government is well aware of the fact that those police personnel who had killed Sapam Robinhood on July 8 during a protests have not been booked and this has offended one and all.



Sapam Robinhood - given the title of 'Lamjing Meira'
Sapam Robinhood - given the title of 'Lamjing Meira'


Meanwhile, Sapam Ratankumar, the uncle to the late Robinhood in an interaction with Hueiyen Lanpao said that however long it may take, the family will take recourse to legal means to seek justice.

Ratankumar wants exemplary punishment be given to all those personnel involved in the killing.

He also said that the magistrate and police higher ups who had ordered firing of tear gas shells and rubber bullets be booked.

Besides many youth and women organisations have thronged the residence of late Robinhood at Khurai Lairikyengbam Leikai in solidarity and to share the woes of the bereaved family.

Mention may also be made that late Robinhood was given the title of 'Lamjing Meira' .



Sapam Robinhood
Sapam Robinhood condolences


Shanta a representative of All Manipur Nupi Manbi Association who came along with forty members of the association to share the woes of the bereaved family and to support the movement for enacting a law to safeguard indigenous people of Manipur stated that Robinhood has become the son of the State.

He also said that Manipur is very volatile and expressed grief over the loss of Robinhood.

The association also extended help with rations and other eatable items which they brought along in utensils in traditional style from Lamlong Bazar to Robinhood's residence at Khurai Lairikyengbam Leikai.



Sapam Robinhood condolences
Sapam Robinhood condolences


Over and above when the Chief Minister claimed that the State government withdrew the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers Bill, 2015 for a new bill in safeguarding indigenous people after listening to the pulse of the public, things are becoming little shaky as the government is awaiting cooperation from JCILPS and JAC in drafting the new bill as claimed by the Home Minister in a media briefing on July 19 .


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