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United NGOs Mission Manipur: Allow Media in Operation Area

Chumthang News Service,
Imphal/8 June/2015: The United NGOs Mission–Manipur (UNMM) on Sunday requested the Indian Army to allow media in the area where operation is being undertaken following the deadly June 4 ambush on security forces in Manipur. It informed that till date the local media is not allowed in the area. The organisation also urged the Central and Manipur governments to allow civil administration to visit the villages to provide immediate humanitarian service. Further, it urged for involving women security forces in the operation.
A press release from UNMM secretary U. Nobokishore expressed fear that security forces may commit crime, torture, sexual assaults on women etc during operation. At this juncture, UNMM stated, both the Union and State governments must not respond by following the dictum, ‘violence for violence, guns for guns,’ suppressing democratic rights and curtailing fundamental rights of the people.

The Mission meanwhile agreed with Irom Sharmila that “the invocation of the AFSPA, 1958 is more responsible for the tense situation prevailing in Manipur with occasional absurd fatal response from groups, which instead of simmering the volatile situation, are acting to increase military occupation and rule in the State and run counter to the very struggle to achieve peace and justice through constitutional, democratic and non-violent means.”

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