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MPP wants minister sacked for assault

- Joy Singh accuses Md Nasir of attacking Cong worker at fest

Imphal, Nov. 29: The Manipur Peoples’ Party today demanded the removal of agriculture minister Md Nasir from the Okram Ibobi Singh ministry, accusing him of publicly assaulting a Congress worker at the ongoing Sangai Festival on November 26 evening.

The minister and his security guards allegedly assaulted Alam Azad, a Congress worker, at a food stall of the festival, held at Hafta Kangjeibung in Imphal. While the minister charged that Azad passed derogatory remarks against him, Azad claimed that he was assaulted without any provocation.

No police case was registered against the minister.

However, Azad demanded that the minister should be dropped from the ministry.

Nasir was the chief guest of that day’s cultural programme of the festival and the incident took place as he was coming to attend the programme.

A delegation of the Manipur Peoples’ Party, headed by its former president Okram Joy Singh, met Manipur governor Gurbachan Jagat at Imphal Raj Bhavan today.

It urged him to take action against the minister and also to remove him from the council of ministers.

“The minister, who took an oath to uphold the Constitution, violated its provisions by publicly assaulting a citizen. He should be punished, as all are equal before the eyes of the law. Assaulting a citizen is an offence. This conduct is unbecoming of a minister,” Joy Singh told reporters after meeting the governor.

Joy Singh said the governor was also shocked by the minister’s conduct and sought a written complaint from them to initiate action.

He added that he would be submitting a formal complaint to the governor soon, seeking ouster of the minister.

The incident took place while chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh was away on a foreign tour. Ibobi Singh returned to Imphal today and is reported to have taken note of the minister’s conduct.

The chief minister has convened a cabinet meeting tomorrow and Nasir will have to do a lot of explaining, an official source said.

However, it could not be confirmed whether tomorrow’s meeting will discuss the Nasir case.

Joy Singh also urged deputy chief minister Gaikhangam and Manipur PCC president to take disciplinary action against the minister. He said the organisers of the festival closed down a food stall for selling wild animal meat (wild boar meat) in the festival. However, they failed to report the Nasir case to the government or the police, Joy Singh said, adding that it was unfair.