Manipur tired of militancyMay 5th, 2009 - 10:51 pm ICT by ANI
Imphal, May 5 (ANI): People of Manipur are tired of violence and have risen in protest against the militants.
People of Imphal were angered by the bomb attack on the residence of an Executive Engineer in Manipur. The protest was organised under the aegis of Model Club, was held at Chingmakha Community Hall in Imphal.
Unidentified persons attacked the residence of L. Gourakishore, an Executive Engineer in Minor Irrigation Department.
Last year too, this engineer’s house was attacked twice by bombs.
People of Imphal are agitated that in spite of the tight security, militants continue lobbing grenades and attacking people when their monetary demands are not met.
The explosions at the residence of Gourakishore has created fear about personal safety among engineers who engaged in building the infrastructure in the State.
“We are supposed to implement new projects and plan development works. We are keen to take up new technologies, but very frankly we are unable to do so. All the time we are concerned about our safety .We often hear that our staff have been threatened at gunpoint, which creates tension ” said L. Gourakishore Singh, Executive Engineer, Manipur.
“We are even scared to go out. We fear that if any unknown person enters the house, something might happen. We are always tensed,” said Thokchom Kamla Devi, wife of engineer.
Though security forces have been conducting regular combing operations to check and prevent such incidents in the state, engineers are soft targets and are attacked by militants in Manipur when their extortion demands are not met.
People of the state are coming out openly against such attacks and they want an end to such activities.
“We are protesting against the gun culture in the state and we want an end to this. Throwing of bombs has become very common in all parts of the state. We are really unhappy and do not want this to happen,” said S. Shyama Devi, local resident of Manipur.
“The public has suffered a lot in the past. There is a limit to our patience A time will come when the public might react mot in a peaceful manner but in a violent way,” said L. Sangita Devi, local resident in Manipur.
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