Bridge collapse not natural calamity, but man-made: MPP lambasts Congress

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IMPHAL, August 4: The Okram Ibobi Singh led Congress government in the State should be held responsible for all the issues confronting the State including the high-handedness of the State security personnel, escalating Inner Line Permit System agitations, flood, etc, Manipur Peoples`™ Party president N Sovakiran said today.

Speaking to media persons at the party office, Sovakiran said the collapse of several bridges and dams during the recent flood are not natural calamities as the government claims to be, but in fact those were man-made calamities.

The bridges which were swept away in the water current were not properly constructed and bound to be swept away, he said.

For this the government should be blamed, he added.

Attacking the Congress for their lack of apathy for the people, he said they should not observe Gandhi Jayenti on October 2, because they do not follow the basic principal of Mahatma Gandhi.

Reacting to the much criticized acts of the police towards girl students during the ongoing ILPS movement, he said under the control of State Home minister Gaikhangam, the State security personnel seem to have forgotten how to act towards women.

The police officer who had reportedly dragged a girl student by the hair yesterday while trying to control a student protest should be terminated immediately, he demanded.

Today in the State, the State force is acting like the personal guard of the Home minister, he claimed.

MPP advisor L Chandramani Singh also spoke at the press conference welcoming the signing of the Peace Accord between the government of India and the NSCN (IM).

He however, said that if the accord contains anything which will disintegrate the territorial limit of Manipur, then the party will not remain silent.

It is regrettable that the details of the peace accord are not yet disclosed to the public, he said.

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