Surrendered militants resort to hunger strike in Manipur

January 8th, 2009 - 10:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Imphal (Manipur), Jan.8 (ANI): Surrendered militants staged a hunger strike here on Wednesday over demands for proper rehabilitation and jobs.
Around 37 activists belonging to groups like the People’’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) participated in the hunger strike.
The former insurgents claimed that they had been evicted by the police and civic officials from a relief camp that was once occupied by the Second Commando Battalion of the Manipur Police.
The authorities, however,contend that the site was earmarked as staff quarters for the police personnel.
“Eighty-four people used to stay together over here, out of which 47 people got the appointment (job) letters. But 37 persons are yet to receive any appointment letter. We want the Government to rehabilitate all of us. We want to lead a secure life with our family. We will be sitting here till the time the Government fulfills our demands,” said Mohammed Jalaluddin, a former member of the KCP.
“We are facing a difficult time. We expect that the Government should come forward to help us. We want the Government to arrange a place for us where we can live safely,” added M. Somi Singh, a surrendered PLA militant.
The former insurgents pointed out that the authorities are yet to comply with the order of the Guwahati High Court of clearing all outstanding stipends due to them within two months.
This order was passed on August 27, 2008. (ANI)

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