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RIMS boss breaks locks

Imphal, Aug. 29: The newly appointed RIMS director broke into the director’s office of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences which was locked by his predecessor.

Former director of RIMS S. Sekharjit went missing after he locked the office of the director on Tuesday after he confronted his successor, Chongtham Arun Kumar.

Kumar, acting on orders from the Union ministry of health and family welfare, Northeast section, an FIR was filed and accordingly the police broke the lock of door of the director’s office around 8am today.

Taking over as the new director, Kumar said, “I will first look into the basic requirement of the hospital and next, the welfare of the patients, staff and students.”ť

Manipur High Court today rejected an interim prayer made by Sekharjit to stay the Centre’s order relieving him of his duties.

Justice N. Koteshore, rejecting the prayer, issued notices to five respondents listed in the case asking them to give their replies within four weeks.

The five respondents are the secretary, health and family welfare ministry, president, board of governor RIMS, deputy secretary, health and family welfare ministry, chairman, executive council, RIMS; and Kumar, the new director.

Sharmila rally

A large number of people, showing solidarity with human rights activist Irom Sharmila, marched from Porompat to the chief minister’s bungalow to demand the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

However, police intercepted the procession near Ananta Higher Secondary School and asked six representatives of the demonstrators to meet chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and submit a memorandum.

The demonstrators waved banners with slogans like “Repeal AFSPA”, “Long Live Manipur”, “Save Sharmila”, “Long Live Sharmila”.

Through the memorandum, the Sharmila Kanba Lup demanded the repeal of the army act, the immediate release of Sharmila from custody and a judicial investigation into her re-arrest by Imphal East police.

Sharmila was re-arrested on August 22 under Section 309 IPC from the Porompat PDA Complex of Imphal East.

The president of Sharmila Kanba Lup, Momon, reacting to the home minister’s earlier note that she was arrested on health grounds, said, “The way she was arrested is condemnable. There was no ambulance at the time she was picked up by the police which proves that she was not really arrested for her heath.”


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