Ex-minister’s generosity helps June 18 victim’s treatment


IMPHAL, June 5: Naoroibam Sobita who lost a leg following a bullet injury and had remained physically handicapped still has been given financial help today.

Sobita was shot by CRPF personnel in June 2001 when demonstrating against the Union decision to extend the NSCN-IM ceasefire agreement without territorial limits. The public had protested against the decision and in the ensuing demonstrations, 18 lives were lost and several were left injured.

Speaking to IFP reporter this afternoon at her residence located at JNIMS family quarters, she said that after her plight was highlighted in the IFP of June 4 edition, ex-finance minister Laisom Lalit who hails from Keisamthong constituency visited her today. Lalit had asked about her welfare and gave her financial assistance. She exhorted the kind gesture of Lalit and said that such charity from the former minister is heart touching at her time of trouble.

Sobita is a diabetic patient and her gall bladder has turned septic, due to financial constraints, she cannot afford an operation till date despite being admitted to JNIMS in April, 21 last. She was discharged after eleven days. She administers four insulin injections daily for her condition and is still in need of more financial help.




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