Manipur : Rights Body Urges Government To Safeguard RTI Activists Allegedly Threatened By NSCN-IM

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The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the state government to protect the lives of four Right To Information (RTI) activists, who have been hiding, after receiving threats from insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM).

Based on a complaint filed by Imphal-based rights activist Wahengbam Joykumar Singh, the MHRC has directed the State’s DGP and Special Secretary (Home) to arrange a secure place for sheltering the four activists.

Identified as K. Enoch, P. Johnson, S.P. Benjamin and P.R. Amose, all the four activists are residents of Senapati district.

According to reports, these activists have ‘annoyed’ the NSCN-IM by filing RTI applications seeking details of Central funds spent on development projects by an autonomous tribal council.

As per the complaint filed by Imphal-based RTI activist, Mr. Singh, the NSCN (I-M) cadres had abducted Mr. Enoch on January 20, 2020.

They have tortured and pressurized him to withdraw the RTI application.

Furthermore, in show of solidarity, 31 residents of Taphou Phyamai village of Senapati district filed an RTI application seeking information on the same.

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