Union MoS for Information and Broadcasting, Choudhury Mohan Jatua has stated that he will providea detailed account of recent acts of coercion against journalists in Manipur by extremist organisations to the Union Home Ministry.
The minister made the statement while addressing media persons at Hotel Nirmala this afternoon. He is on a one-day visit to the state along with his colleague from the Trinamool Congress and its chief whip in the RajyaSabha, Derek O’ Brien, to attend to organisational matters of the state’s party unit.
Responding to a query on the steps that are being contemplated in connection with the recent cases of attacks on journalists in the state, Jatua promised to take up the matter with Union Home Minister,Sushil Kumar Shinde and chalk out suitable actions if necessary. He deplored the attacks carried out by cadres of proscribed groups terming them as very unacceptable.
Jatua, who is on his visit to Manipur, was admittedly impressed by the natural beauty and hospitality of the people here. The youth of the stated have excelled in academic and sports and if the high standard is maintained continuously, Manipur will become one of the most prosperous places, he added.
O’ Brien explained that they are in Manipur as part of a party policy to send central leaders each month here to interact with state unit members and decide plans to strengthen the unit. As per the assignment, they met leaders and volunteers of the party earlier in the day and discussed current and relevant issues, he stated.
When questioned by media persons on the TMC’s position on the implementation of Inner Line Permit system in Manipur, O’ Brien answered that party leader Mamata Banerjee has announced it very lucidly during her visit to Imphal on the eve of the Assembly elections. The same point has been mentioned in the party’s election manifesto and the TMC still sticks by it, he stated.
Regarding the targeted attacks on people of north-eastern origins in southern states, o’ Brien pointed out that the TMC brought up the matter for discussion three times at the Parliament. The TMC has reserved a special place for all north-eastern states in general, he stated, adding that the party will leave no efforts in order to stop the recurrence of such unwarranted attacks and usher development in the region.
State unit chief Kim Gangte and leader of the legislative wing Dr I Ibohalbi were present during the press meet.
The two Central leaders left the state at around 1 pm.