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Bomb threats to Manipur editors condemned

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GUWAHATI, Feb 27 - The Journalists� Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed serious concern over the bomb threats to Manipur editors.

�JFA condemns the militants for their misdeeds. The forum argues that targeting mediapersons by triggering explosions will not serve any purpose, rather it will complicate the situation,� said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

Local media reports narrated that a bomb explosion took place in front of the residences of Hueiyen Lanpao newspaper editor H Ningomba and ISTV news channel editor, B Ningomba in Imphal on Sunday evening. Later, Manipur Police recovered a live bomb from the locality.

Manipur goes to polls in two phases on March 4 and 8 for its 60-seat Assembly. Like various separatist militant groups of north-east India, the Manipur-based rebels also oppose the election in their State as they argue that the electoral exercise is nothing but a symbol of �Indian domination� in Manipur.

�We urge the state police to look into the matter of security for mediapersons in Manipur so that they can perform their roles without any fear or trepidation. At the same time, we want to request a section of Manipur journalists who always prefer to glorify the militants, to rethink their approach towards the rebels, who deserve condemnation for their dastardly acts time to time,� the statement added.

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Bomb threats to Manipur editors condemned

GUWAHATI, Feb 27 - The Journalists� Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed serious concern over the bomb threats to Manipur editors.

�JFA condemns the militants for their misdeeds. The forum argues that targeting mediapersons by triggering explosions will not serve any purpose, rather it will complicate the situation,� said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

Local media reports narrated that a bomb explosion took place in front of the residences of Hueiyen Lanpao newspaper editor H Ningomba and ISTV news channel editor, B Ningomba in Imphal on Sunday evening. Later, Manipur Police recovered a live bomb from the locality.

Manipur goes to polls in two phases on March 4 and 8 for its 60-seat Assembly. Like various separatist militant groups of north-east India, the Manipur-based rebels also oppose the election in their State as they argue that the electoral exercise is nothing but a symbol of �Indian domination� in Manipur.

�We urge the state police to look into the matter of security for mediapersons in Manipur so that they can perform their roles without any fear or trepidation. At the same time, we want to request a section of Manipur journalists who always prefer to glorify the militants, to rethink their approach towards the rebels, who deserve condemnation for their dastardly acts time to time,� the statement added.