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Manipur cop Th Brinda to challenge Manipur Assembly polls, says he joined in politics to “change the system”

Manipur decorated cop Th Brinda has said she will challenge upcoming Assembly polls in Yaiskul constituency in Imphal.

While the Extra SP has yet to announce which party she will join, there are plenty of rumors that she might choose the BJP.

Brinda, who has yet to resign, said she decided to go into politics to change the current system. “I could not fulfill my duty at the executive level due to constant political interference,” she said, adding that her vision was to uplift the young and the poor.

On Sunday, a brief altercation occurred near his residence in Yaiskhul Janmasthan after police stopped a campaign rally in favor of Brinda. Cops said the move came after Brinda failed to produce documents showing the necessary clearance had been given for the rally.

Th Brinda is the first Narcotics Officer in the history of Manipur to receive a Bravery Award.

The Police Medal of the Chief Minister of Manipur was presented to him at an event organized to celebrate the 71st Independence day.

Brinda then returned the Bravery Award in protest after the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) special court in Manipur acquitted former CDA president Chandel Lukhosei Zou and six others in a high-profile drug trafficking case in 2018.

Brinda, who was then the additional SP at the NAB police station, led the operation leading to the arrest of Lukhosei Zou and seven other people allegedly with a huge shipment of drugs, in cash on June 19, 2018. Drugs Seized during the series of raids was worth over Rs 27 crore in the international market.

Sikh delegation reaches Meghalaya and asks Guv to intervene in relocation decision

Keeping the pressure on the Meghalaya government to revoke its decision to relocate Sikh Dalit residents from the Them lew Mawlong area to Shillong, a delegation from the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) requested the intervention on Thursday the governor of Meghalaya, Satya Pal Malik, in this case.

“We shared our concerns and he assured us that no injustice would be done and that residents would not be illegally evicted,” DSGMC chairman Manjinder Singh Sirsa told Indian Express.

A four-member team, led by Sirsa – who is also the national spokesperson for Shiromani Akali Dal – met with Malik at his official residence in Shillong earlier Thursday afternoon. “He said he had already raised the matter with Chief Minister Meghalaya Conrad Sangma as well,” Sirsa said, adding that they could not meet with the chief minister because he was out of town.

The decision by the Sangma-led cabinet on October 7 to relocate the area’s Sikh community, also known as Punjabi Lane, based on recommendations made by a high-level committee, sparked protests from locals, who claimed they had lived in the area since the 1850s, after being brought in by the British to work as scavengers and sweepers in the area.

While the government claims the land belongs to the Department of Urban Affairs, Sikhs say the land was “offered” to them by the Syiem (chief) of Hima Mylliem – one of the chiefdoms of Khasi Hills – in the 1850s .

The land conflict had been brewing for decades, with sections of Meghalaya society and political organizations demanding that residents be moved to another area. It took a violent turn in May 2018, leading to clashes between local Khasis and Sikhs in the region, after which a high-level committee was formed to address the issue.

While Sikh groups have called the move “illegal”, “unfair” and “unconstitutional”, leaders say they will raise the issue with Union Home Minister Amit Shah , the government of Meghalaya has remained firm on its decision so far. On Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong told the Indian Express that they had “done due diligence” on the matter.

Sirsa said that since a standstill was ordered by the Meghalaya High Court on April 9, 2021 based on a petition filed by Sikh groups in 2018, the high-level committee did not have the power to make such a decision. “Residents cannot be relocated without following due process,” he said.

In a statement to Malik, DSGMC – an autonomous organization that manages Gurudwaras, hospitals, educational institutions and the welfare of Sikhs – that the decision of the Meghalaya government to take “possession” of the land is an action aimed at “provoking clashes” that can “spiral into violent unrest.

He also added that the Meghalaya government asking the Department of Urban Affairs to draw up a rehousing plan could lead to inciting residents, “without even giving them the opportunity to say anything”.

“The government’s unilateral decision on behalf of the illegal settlers is highly unconstitutional in nature and despite instructions from the High Hon’ble Court, they keep moving forward,” he added.

Gurjit Singh, chairman of the Harijan Panchayat committee, which represents members of the Dalit Sikh community in Shillong, said they felt “more confident” after the DSGMC meeting with Malik. “We hope the government will reverse its decision,” he said.

Tripura: 207 arrested for crimes against women in 10 months since September 2020

In 10 months since September 2020, Tripura police have arrested a total of 207 people accused of various crimes against women, according to a government report.

A total of 240 cases of crimes against women have been filed, including 128 cases of rape, 111 assaults and one rape and murder in different police stations, according to the report of the Interior Ministry.

Police also rescued 108 underage girls out of a total of 111 missing girls and another 536 of the 586 housewives who went missing during the same period.

Tripura took second place in Northeast region women’s crime cases – murder, attempted murder, traffic accidents, medical negligence – last year, according to 2020 data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

In cases of kidnappings, Tripura ranked second in the Northeast region, according to the report.

In addition, a total of 781 narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) have been filed in the three years since 2019 and the police have arrested 147 people for their involvement in these cases. .

“Out of a total of 16,719 cases related to different crimes in three years, 6,078 were filed in 2018, 5,988 other cases in 2019 and 4,653 cases in 2020,” Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said at the recent Assembly session in September.

Assam expulsion campaign: Congress sends justification notice to deputy for “insensitive” remarks

On Friday, the Assam Congress sent a notice of justification to its deputy Sherman Ali Ahmed for his “politically motivated” statements in reference to Gorukhuti’s recent expulsion campaign “with the intention of damaging the image of the party ”before polls in the state.

He also said that allegations are rife within the party and even outside that Ahmed is acting as a “BJP agent”, and that due to his proximity to the chief minister, he is sponsored to make such comments in order to harm Congress, especially during elections.

In the notice published by Bobbetta Sharma, secretary general of the big old party’s Assam unit, the MLA was asked to provide an explanation of its actions to state congressman Bhupen Borah in three days.

Ahmed apparently made the remarks in reaction to reports that alleged invaders from Darrang district disrespected the memory of eight people from the region who were killed in the Assam unrest in 1983.

The Baghbor MP claimed that the eight people who died in the 1983 unrest were not martyrs but killers, as they were involved in the massacre of many others.

The recent eviction campaign in Gorukhuti in Darrang district has turned violent, killing at least two in police gunfire and injuring several others in clashes.

Opposing Ahmed’s remarks, the Assam Congress, in its justification notice, further stated that Ahmed had twice previously made “commonly provocative” statements and went against party discipline. .

He added that the “insensitive” statements he had made had “a great propensity” to destroy the social harmony of the state.

Police: the head of the Manipur activists’ outfit detained in Delhi

Delhi police said on Monday they had arrested the leader of the Manipur-based Kuki National Front (KNF) militant group.

The accused, Mangkholam Kipgen, 24, was wanted in several kidnapping, extortion and dismissal cases, police said.

Police say KNF is involved in terrorist activity and ‘orchestrated’ a ‘black day’ in Manipur on September 13 – as part of protests, the outfit has taken the state into receivership to seek justice for thousands of people from the Kuki tribe. who were killed between 1992 and 1997, allegedly by Naga groups.

The Delhi Police Special Cell said it had received information about Kipgen’s presence in the nation’s capital and arrested him in Dwarka.

DCP, Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwah said, “He has a large network of armed militants and was planning to kidnap employees of a large construction company in Manipur to stop construction at various locations and extort the victim.

During the investigation, police said they discovered that Kipgen had been in contact with KNF since 2018 and had led its members to commit theft, extortion and other criminal activity. “He is famous for extracting weapons from security personnel, kidnapping and extorting security forces stationed in Manipur,” police said.

Last year, Kipgen and his associates reportedly kidnapped two sentries from a police outpost in Manipur and stole a service rifle. His associates were arrested but Kipgen fled.

Not just floods, Assam needs urgent, long-term erosion strategy

Assam has lost 4.27 lakh hectares of land over the past 70 years. This land was lost not because of border disputes or encroachments, but because of its lifeline – the Brahmaputra. The mighty Mercury River eats away at vast expanses of land every year.

Among the many missions as deputy commissioner of a flood-prone neighborhood in Assam, I have the opportunity to visit and assess the extent of this erosion. One morning in June, with officials from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), we drove through rugged roads between lush, green paddy fields typical of rural Assam. During this more than two hour journey from the district headquarters in Nagaon, we descended the paved and tarred roads of the highway to the kaccha roads of the interior. Only a heavy vehicle like the Mahindra Bolero could negotiate the second half of the pitch.

On the banks of the Kopili River, one of the main tributaries of the Brahmaputra, the Gaon Burha (village chief) pointed out to us the ground just below – massive chunks of rock, dirt and mud were being washed away by the currents. constants of the river. A year ago the river bank was about 10 meters from where we were. We interviewed the owner. Once upon a time, it was all his, he said.

The bank opposite was more and more exposed. In a way, the course of the river was moving slightly towards our side of the shore. The “exposed” areas were under the river until recently, so are not myadi or private land according to income records. The irony is that these “new” lands are now government or khas lands. So, as more and more myadi lands are swept away, more and more state-owned kha lands emerge. Although we have the figures for land lost due to erosion, the data on the amount of kha land added is patchy at best.

It is a phenomenon that is played out across the state. The most spectacular example is of course the erosion of Majuli, the largest river island in the world. It has lost almost half of its area over the past 50 years. But there are many more examples of less visible erosion, of land washed away quietly by the river.

While the national narrative is largely focused on the flooding in Assam, it is this erosion by river systems that masquerades as the silent killer. While a combination of natural and man-made factors exacerbated the crisis, it is the impact on people’s lives that is a cause for dismay.

As people are uprooted from their land, they lose their most important asset. The lack of land makes them vulnerable and they are forced to migrate. Many of these displaced families are now “encroaching” on government land. Some of them settle in protected forests or wildlife reserves. While undocumented migration has been a historical problem in Assam, today much of the encroachment is also by families, uprooted by erosion.

The government of Assam has taken several steps over the years to address this massive humanitarian and ecological crisis. Geo-bags, geo-tubes and porcupines dot vast expanses of flood-prone shoreline across the state. In 2015, the Assam Legislature passed a resolution recognizing river erosion as a “disaster” under guidelines from the National Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and NDRF. The state government’s revenue and disaster management department declared erosion as a state-specific disaster in 2015.

The government’s new land policy of 2019 gave preference to colonization and the allocation of land to indigenous families, landless due to erosion. It is interesting to note that the Assam Land Requisition and Acquisition Act, 1964 provides for the acquisition and requisition of land for erosion control works and for the settlement of families displaced by erosion.

In the long term, the strategy should focus on erosion mitigation measures such as increasing vegetation cover around erosion-prone banks using local and endemic plant varieties. This must be reinforced by the participation of the populations and capacity building to improvise agricultural practices and land use. For example, farmers can be encouraged to cover sterile soil with crop residues, which improves soil retention. Soil stabilizers and tackifiers may also be considered. Even smaller networks of canals and control dams may be considered depending on environmental and technical feasibility. International cooperation and knowledge transfer will play a key role here.

Although the measurements have only just started, it is prudent to focus more on this issue. The paradigm of disaster management around erosion needs to be integrated into the larger framework of river and land conservation. The erosion of prime farmland and family properties will continue to be one of the main pressing challenges facing the state development administration – and it is a reality that we must address as of today. as soon as possible.

(The author is an IAS officer currently assigned as deputy commissioner in the Nagaon district of Assam. Opinions are personal.)

CM Biplab Deb
Tripura CM launches hotline number to respond to people’s complaints

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday inaugurated a CM (1905) helpline where people can call and share their grievances.

The assistance number would be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. initially. Ultimately, it will be operational 24/7.

“People can call this number to voice their concerns. The helpline, in the initial period, was launched in Dhalai district. But as of today, it’s available to people across the state, ”Deb said, speaking to reporters after launching the IT Bhawan helpline in Indranagar.

He said that besides sharing their problems, people can also offer suggestions by calling the number. All “logical suggestions” would be implemented and incorporated into government policy, he said.

Once people share their grievances, they will be passed on to the relevant departments who will attempt to resolve the issue. If the caller is not satisfied with the solution later, the issue will be sent back to the appropriate department for repair, Deb said.

The entire process will be monitored by a team from the IT department.

The CM also stated that the identities and political affiliations of the appellants would not matter.

“Previously, there was a culture of only helping people who support the ruling power. I want to end this culture now. Politics only matter at the time of elections. We want to want for the development of each individual. However, it is true that if political rallies and deputations are held all the time, it will hamper development, ”he said.

Deb added that development measures have been taken since 2018 through programs such as the Mukhyamantri Yuva Yojak Yojana, e-PDS and Jan Dhan Account Yojana. There were 394 common service centers in 2015-16, and that number rose to 1,204 later, he said.

Tripura previously used to hold a “Janatar Durbar” (People’s Court) in 2018. During these sessions, people could come to the civil secretariat or official residences and share their grievances. But this practice was stopped in 2018.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched a similar hotline as part of a campaign called “Didi ke Bolo” (Tell Didi) ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections.