All pol parties meet to apprise PM and HM

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IMPHAL, January 14 (NNN): A delegation of 14 political parties of Manipur, including the Congress is heading for New Delhi on January 16 to meet Central leaders on the issue of the Chandel incident where an NSCN-IM cadre allegedly assualted a film actress on December 18.

A meeting in relation to the visit was held at the office chamber of the Deputy Chief Minister on Monday.

The meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister and Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Gaikhangam was attended by leaders of other 13 political parties during which, a memorandum was drafted that will be submitted to the Central leaders including the Prime Minister and Home Minister.

In the memorandum, besides the Chandel incident, a series of crimes allegedly committed by NSCN-IM in Manipur is also mentioned to apprise the Central leaders during the visit that the Naga outfit has been indulging in various crimes against the people, the sources added.

The NSCN-IM has also been charged with abduction of Irungbam Irabanta, a contractor by NGOs in Manipur, the sources added.

The meeting also discussed other issues confronting the state in order to be  raised to the leaders at the Centre during the visit so as to find ways to address them.

Sources said the delegation was supposed to be led by Chief Minister O Ibobi from Imphal, but he is already in the national capital after the Central leaders reportedly invited him there to discuss certain issues of Manipur.

The delegation of 14-political parties will leave Imphal for New Delhi by an Indigo flight on January 16 morning, the sources further said.

The December 18 Chandel incident in which Livingstone Anal, a self-styled Lt Col of NSCN-IM allegedly assaulted actress Momoko, had caused widespread public outcry and outraged in Manipur. 

Th Dwijamani, a TV journalist was also killed in a controversial police firing incident during an indefinite Manipur bandh imposed by Film Forum Manipur and Manipur State Shumang Leela Council along  with various NGOs in the state to protest the Chandel incident.

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