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Torch rally taken out against acquittal of drug lords


CADA along with local clubs and Meira Paibi groups have been protesting for more than three months at different places in the state

TFM Desk

Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) along with local clubs and Meira Paibi groups have continued to protest demanding the state government to appeal to a higher court against the judgments acquitting Lhukhosei Zou and others in a 2018 multi crore drug haul case, and all accused, including a Myanmar national, in 2019 Phoudel drug case.

As part of the ongoing protest, which has been going on for more than three months, a torch rally was taken out around Irilbung Kalika, Imphal East district on Saturday night. It was jointly organised by CADA Imphal East District Committee and Kalika Lairembi Women Welfare Association, according to a CADA release.

The torch rally by around 120 men and women started from the Meira Shang of Kalika Lairembi Women Welfare Association. It went around the area of Irilbung Kalika and concluded at the starting point.

The protestors shouted slogans like, “Lhukhosei Zou thadokpa yaningde” (We are against acquitting Lhukhosei Zou), “Drug lallonba cheirak piyu” (Punish drug smugglers), “War on Drugs phagi tahanganu” (Don’t let War on Drugs become a joke), amongst others, according to the release.

Meanwhile, CADA Kakching District Committee and Hiranmei Meira Paibi jointly organised a sit-in at Hiyanglam Hiranmei, Kakching district on Friday.

Speaking on the issue CADA Kakching District Committee president Sorokhaibam Nena asserted that the present regime is defacing the “beautiful face” of democracy by intimidating CADA activists. Instead it should listen to the voice which has been raised for more than three months, she added.

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