Sensor gate of NHPC can be removed, MHRC tells local residents

Sensor gate of NHPC can be removed, MHRC tells local residents

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Chairperson of Manipur Human Rights Commission Khaidem Mani after making an inspection trip to Ithai Barrage has suggested and appealed to the local people that instead of forcing their demands to the state government or the authority by framing deadlines, followed by agitation, protests or hunger strikes, the best possible method to bring a solution to their problems is to approach the commission.

He made the statement after the trip was made following a complaint to MHRC made by Pumlem Pat Khoidum Lamjao Kanba Apunba Lup and its associate organisations against the installation of motorable sensor gate by NHPC for checking and scanning the entry and exit of people surrounding the areas of Ithai Barrage.

Khaidem Mani further told that in accordance with a complaint received by MHRC of a resolution made together by five organisations of the areas, the commission had also issued an order to discontinue the construction of NHPC, and to stop the operation, if the construction had already been completed and its functioning had begun. Moreover, both the Deputy Commissioners of Bishnupur and Thoubal were notified to send ground reports   regarding the order of MHRC which has to be submitted before October 27, 2020.

If the people residing in the areas were being put to encounter problems with the installation of the gate, then the course of its operation must be revoked, he added.

The inspection visit of MHRC was accompanied by SP Bishnupur Priyadarshini Laishram, Addl SP (Ops) O. Wangkhomba, MHRC Core Group Members U. Nabakishore and W. Basanta, Manipur State government Under Secretary cum Assistant Registrar Kh. Gobardhon and also Lawyer M. Ajit Kelvin, etc.

On the other hand, as part of the MHRC inspection visit Chairman Khaidem Mani and its core group members interacted with clubs and Meira Paibi organization that underwent a sit in protest.

UCM President Sunil Karam also witnessed him joining the protest in which he uttered in condemning the violation of human rights. He censured regarding the construction and installation projects that the government and authority must mull over the rights of the people residing the areas.

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