Manipur govt urges for CBI probe on Monika issue

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Imphal, Aug 12: Manipur Chief Secretary Rakesh has written to Union Secretary of Personnel Satyananda Mishra, demanding a CBI probe over the exclusion of Laishram Monika Devi from the Beijing Olympics weightlifting squad.

Manipur Information Centre officials said here today the Chief Secretary also demanded an inquiry on the concerned officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

''As per the result of the irregularities and non-receipt of the dope test report within 48-72 hours prior to the departure as per established procedure, Ms Monika was compelled to pull out of the Indian contingent at the very last minute, thereby leaving no scope for the Sample 'B' dope test,'' the letter stated.

The letter also underlined that there was a feeling of strong resentment among the people of Manipur on account of the injustice done to Ms Monika and the irreparable damage to her reputation and career as a sportsperson.

Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh also urged Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to issue appropriate instructions to the concerned authorities to take up the case for investigation at the earliest.

In the letter despatched to the Prime Minister today, the Chief Minister stated that the correspondence exchanged by the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) with the SAI and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) suggested that the dope test reports of Ms Monika were not handled properly.

Meanwhile, a public meeting, convened here yesterday by the Coordinating Committee Against Monika's Withdrawal from Beijing Olympics, 2008, resolved to call a 24-hour general strike on August 19, if the Centre failed to tender an apology for failing to send Ms Monika to participate in the Beijing Olympics.

The meeting decided to inform the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the ''discriminatory politics'' in Indian sports.

The meeting further resolved to urge the IOC to allow Manipur players to attend international and national events separately.

''Until the case of Ms Monika is resolved, no one from Manipur will participate in any national or international event,'' the meeting decided.

The Left Coordination Committee Manipur and the state unit of the Nationalist Congress Party submitted memoranda, demanding a transparent probe.

Former Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Th Chaoba also said that the matter should be taken up legally.

UNI

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