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Displaced people stage hunger strike in Manipur

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IMPHAL, Dec 26:  Internally Displaced People (IDP) staying at a relief camp in Manipur’s Bishnupur district went on a relay-hunger strike after the Manipur government failed to disburse relief compensation it had promised.

The IDP staged the relay-hunger strike on Tuesday under the aegis of the Churachandpur Meitei Ethnic Clash Victims’ Committee after no positive response came forth from the government to an ultimatum served by the committee to release the compensation on or before December 25.

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Women and children staying at the relief camp opened at a government school premises at Kha Potsangbam of Bishnupur district staged the relay-hunger strike.

A leader of the committee taking part in the strike alleged that despite the ultimatum served by the committee, no positive response came forth from the government side till date.

He alleged that despite the promises made by both the state and the central governments, they have not received any compensation till date.

“If the government continues to ignore their demand, they will launch intense forms of agitations in the coming days”, he announced.

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He said that even after staying in the relief camps for the last seven months, they are not getting any assistance directly, but through the authorities running these camps.

It has caused many inconveniences as they could not maintain their families directly, he added.

To get rid from these inconveniences, they have been pressing the authorities to provide the assistance, in kind or money to them directly so that they arrange meals for themselves.

IDPs staying at different relief camps also turned up and joined the relay-hunger strike.

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Thousands of people displaced from their villages in Churachandpur district after the outbreak of the ethnic clash on May 3 last are staying at various relief camps opened in Bishnupur district. (NNN)

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