The Fact India: A day before Chief Minister N Biren Singh’s visit to New Lamka in Churachandpur district in Manipur, a mob vandalized and set on fire the venue of the event. The mob burnt hundreds of chairs. Police said that the unruly mob carried out the incident at around 9 pm on Thursday night. Although the local police immediately swung into action and dispersed the crowd, the venue was damaged by the incident of arson.
There is tension in the area after the incident. Police has tightened the security system. Police said an angry mob partially set ablaze the newly established open gym at PT Sports Complex in New Lamka, which is to be inaugurated by Biren Singh on Friday afternoon. Apart from the gym, CM Biren Singh is about to inaugurate the sports facility. Along with this, he has a program to participate in another function as well. However, the officials are yet to confirm whether the event has been canceled or not.
In fact, the forum of indigenous tribal leaders had called for a complete Churachandpur bandh from 8 am to 4 pm. Meanwhile, the crowd became furious and attacked the CM’s venue. The forum of tribal leaders claimed that despite repeated submissions of memorandums opposing the ongoing eviction drive to clear reserved forest areas of farmers and other tribal residents, the government showed no sincerity or desire to alleviate the plight of the people. No signal is shown.
The bandh was called against the survey of reserved and protected forests by Swadeshi Manch Tribal Litters Forum. The Manch has alleged that the state government has demolished the holy churches without due process of law. The Forum said in a statement that it has been forced to run a campaign of non-cooperation with the government and government programmes. The Manch has also called for a bandh in the district from 8 am to 4 pm on Friday.
Let me tell you, the Manipur government had demolished three churches earlier this month. The government claimed that the churches were built illegally. After this a local organization approached the Manipur High Court.