[Assam] Assam's Pol Pot and Guns
dilipdeka at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 25 21:30:20 EST 2005
This is what happens when the angry non-militants get guns just like the militants. Reminds me of the old comic stories of spy vs. spy vs. spy............
Will there be place for gun-culture in the Utopia land of Assam's Pol Pot and his gang or guns will be reserved for the reformers only? :-)
From the Daily Telegraph:
Cowboy MLA shoots straight
- Gun drama was to scare engineer for illegal dealings OUR CORRESPONDENT Imphal, Dec. 25: A Manipur legislator accused of trying to shoot a senior government engineer with his licensed firearm today claimed he was just trying to teach him and his colleagues a lesson for allegedly awarding construction contracts at the behest of militant groups.
Yes, I showed my gun to the engineer, but I did not threaten to pull the trigger. I whipped out the weapon only to convey the message that if they are going to award contracts at the point of gun, I have a gun, too, Z. Mangaibou said.
The Congress legislator from Tamenglong district had pointed his weapon at a superintending engineer of the public works department inside the office chamber of minister Thoudam Devendra Singh on Friday. Engineers and other employees of the department stayed away from work yesterday in protest against the incident.
A case was registered against the legislator under the Arms Act at Imphal police station, but he has yet to be interrogated, sources said. The police have instead interrogated four engineers who were witness to the incident.
Mangaibou said PWD officials had been awarding contracts to undeserving people by citing pressure from militant organisations. At least Rs 10 lakh worth of construction projects in Tamenglong district were awarded to militant activists, but no work was done.
The legislator argued that the misuse of public money, especially diversion of funds to militant coffers, was a bigger crime than his. If any criminal case is taken up against me, then there is no reason why the engineers should not be booked under the National Security Act for awarding contracts to underground elements on the sly.
Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh is already facing pressure from the Opposition to come clean on allegations that he has paid crores of rupees to militants.
Refuting Mangaibous claims, chief engineer Ng. Rastapati said: Elected representatives are supposed to protect us instead of trying to browbeat us. Under the prevailing circumstances, we are unable to perform our duties.
PWD employees are pressuring Ibobi Singh to take action against the errant legislator, whose admission of pointing a gun at an engineer comes close on the heels of the television exposé on MPs accepting bribes to ask questions in Parliament.
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