condemns terrorist act of shooting at journalist Ratan Luwangcha
New Delhi: Asian Centre
for Human Rights vehemently condemned the shooting at Mr Ratan Luwangcha,
Bureau Chief of Poknapham,
a Manipuri vernacular daily, while he was standing at his Uripok Bachaspati
Leikai residence at Imphal yesterday i.e.
9 February 2006. At around 8.45 am, three unidentified armed men
who came on a two-wheeler pumped in three bullets onto him.
is a dastardly act of terrorism to silence flow of information and
intimidate the journalists for doing their tasks in Manipur.”
– stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.
also the General Secretary of the All Manipur Working Journalists’
Union, sustained two bullet injuries. One bullet passed through
his abdomen while the other passed through the left thigh. He was
operated upon at Shija Hospital. According to the doctors one bullet
caused extensive damage to his internal organs. Doctors said his
condition is critical and he is being kept inside the Intensive
Care Unit of Shija Hospital.
for Human Rights extends full support to the All Manipur Working
Journalists’ Union and Editor’s Forum of Manipur which will start
sit in protest from today onwards apart from ceasing publication
of the local dailies on the same day as part of intensifying their
government must take all necessary measures to bring the perpetrators
to justice and provide much needed security to protect the journalists.”
– further added Mr Chakma.