Journalists staging a sit-in demonstration against the grenade attack on a newspaper publication house, in Imphal on Tuesday. – Photo: Newmai News

Manipur Govt forms SIT to probe grenade attack

IMPHAL, Feb 16: No newspapers hit the stands for the third consecutive day in the Manipur capital today due to the ongoing stir by journalists of the State in protest against Saturday’s failed grenade attack on the office of a newspaper group here.

Meanwhile, three local TV channels have also stopped telecast of their news programmes as a mark of solidarity. The TV journalists joined their print media counterparts in a sit-in demonstration today, which was organised as per the resolutions of an emergency general body meeting of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) held on Monday.

On Saturday last, an unidentified miscreant had lobbed a hand grenade at the office of Poknapham, a local vernacular daily, and its sister publication, The People’s Chronicle, an English daily, here. However, the grenade did not explode and was later disposed of by the police.

The AMWJU and EGM meeting asked those involved in the grenade attack to state the reasons behind their dastardly act within 48 hours, starting February 15 midnight.

The two organisations also asked the Government to immediately arrest the person involved in the attack. It also resolved to hold another meeting once the deadline set to meet their condition is over.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, while replying to a call attention motion by Opposition Congress MLA Kh Joykishan Singh in the ongoing Manipur Assembly session today, stated that a four-member SIT (special investigation team) has been constituted to probe Saturday’s incident and arrest the guilty.

Condemning the incident, Biren Singh, who holds the Home portfolio, said that an FIR has been lodged in the Imphal Police Station in this connection.

Reiterating that the media plays an important role in dissemination of important information to the public, the Chief Minister appealed to all media professionals of the State to resume their service in greater public interest as the Government is taking all possible steps to arrest those involved in the grenade attack on February 13.