Esha Roy


A ‘confession’ brings Manipur and its shadowy encounters back in focus
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Supreme Court rulings and guidelines issued by the Army HQ on what is permissible under AFSPA, 1958, remain largely on paper.

Imphal encounter — Reopen case, probe disclosure: victim’s mother writes to CBI
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

Taratombi Devi addressed her letter to the Superintendent of Police, CBI, Imphal Branch in Lamphelpat.

Flashback to a killing in Imphal
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

From the shooting of Sanjit Meitei to a constable’s admission that he was unarmed, the claims, the counterclaims and the images.

Why Manipur head constable Herojit Singh became an encounter cop
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Singh himself says that a diary containing the details of numerous encounters is now in the possession of the CBI. "If they ask me about these cases I can give them precise details of each case,’’ he claims off camera.

Imphal encounter: 6 years later, the admission — ‘Yes, I shot him dead, he was unarmed, officer told me to’
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Head constable Herojit Singh blames SP, Imphal West, who says will ‘issue a statement’

The burning: Malda’s fault lines run deep
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

Esha Roy visits the border district of West Bengal and finds the fault lines run deep.

Manipur earthquake: 6 dead, hospitals flooded with injured
Mon, Jan 04, 2016

A 75 member disaster relief team from Guwahati has been flown in by the Army to assess the damage in the state and there are two other teams on standby.

Men not allowed: Debate over Bengal’s women’s-only Matribhoomi Special trains
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

The death of a man who fell off a train has sharpened the tussle over women-only trains in West Bengal.

From Manipur to Myanmar by bus, with Thailand waiting to be next stop
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Rather than heading straight to Mandalay after crossing the border, the trial run took the Imphal team along a detour to Bagan and then Nay Pyi Taw, from where a Myanmarese team drove with them to Mandalay.

Manipur’s Inner Line Permit Row: 100 days on, tribals refuse to bury youths killed during stir
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

To mark the hundred days of the agitation, mass prayers and candlelight vigils were organised across the Kuki-Zomi dominated district and Naga districts.

Surprise BJP win in Manipur bypolls may spur more Congress defections
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

What is likely to happen over the next year before the 2017 elections is the defection of Congress leaders to the BJP – as has happened in Assam.

13 years too late for many in North Bengal’s tea gardens
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

25 deaths at Bagrakote tea garden in North Bengal since April got CM Mamata Banerjee to tour the region, announce a package and take action against the owners. That's 13 years too late for many in the tea country, where hunger and deaths set in a while ago.

‘You have to do what you get to fill stomach’
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

From a small village in Bihar, Yadav came to Kolkata when he was barely 15, looking for a job to support his family.

Signs of Saradha, swings of political fortune as Puja arrives in Kolkata
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a Puja theme song that will be played across the city.

Poll violence in WB: Costly blunder for Mamata?
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

Then TMC hooligans and henchmen descended on polling booths, attacked and abused voters and the media alike.

West Bengal civic polls: Why Left is pulling out all stops
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

CPM has fielded former state finance minister Asim Dasgupta as mayoral candidate in Bidhannagar for the elections on October 3.

The risk of reason
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Rationalist groups in India fight not just superstitions, ‘godmen’, ‘ghosts’, ‘spirits’ or social injustice. As profiles of several across India show, threats are a constant presence.

‘I exposed 700 godmen, 7,000 fled’
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

“In some of these places, they use balls of wheat dough to determine if someone is a ‘witch’. If the dough floats, the woman is branded a witch”.

Old insecurities and new fears in Manipur violence that killed eight
Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The deadly protests in Churachandpur — and the ongoing ILP agitation — are rooted in tensions between the tribes and Meiteis, and a rising pressure on land in the Imphal valley.

Manipur violence: Another Land bill leads to protests
Tue, Sep 01, 2015

Unless the Manipur government is able to reassure its tribal population, analysts say that the coming months may see further incidents of violence.

Kukis clash with Meiteis over ILP
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

There were also reports of Kuki student leaders ransacking shops run by Meiteis and burning their goods on the streets. The office of the Meitei Council was also set on fire.

Communal clash in Moreh over Inner Line Permit
Wed, Aug 19, 2015

The clashes took place between the Meitei community, which has been demanding that the Inner Line Permit be introduced in Manipur, and the Kuki tribe, which is the dominant community in this area.

Why the Naga peace accord is keeping Manipur on its toes
Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Tension has been palpable in Manipur since August 3 after the signing of the Naga peace accord

Manipur asks Centre to send more forces to control law and order as agitations continue
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

In a recent communication to the Union Home Ministry, the Manipur government has requested that more forces be sent to the state to control the law and order situation in the light of the ILP agitation taking place in Manipur.

Lockdown in Imphal: Living in a city that shuts down every day
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Curfew, bandhs, shutdowns and sit-ins — for close to a month, protests over the Inner Line Permit have paralysed the Manipur capital.

JCILP stir brings life to a halt in Manipur
Mon, Jul 27, 2015

An examination conducted by the Manipur Public Service Commission was disrupted midway on Sunday at Ibotonsana Girl’s Higher Secondary School when an angry mob of school students entered the school forcibly.

Inner Line Permit: Why Manipur is on the boil again
Fri, Jul 17, 2015

The first demand for restoration of the ILP in Manipur was made in Parliament in 1980, and on several ocassions subsequently.

Imphal protests: Manipur govt blinks, withdraws Bill on regulation of visitors
Mon, Jul 13, 2015

The Bill was passed on March 16 by the state Assembly. A special sitting of the Manipur State Assembly is being convened shortly.

Manipur agitation: 1 killed as students clash with police
Thu, Jul 09, 2015

Imphal police control confirmed the student's death.

Manipur mulls lifting ban on liquor sale
Thu, Jul 02, 2015

The CM’s proposal comes exactly a year after neighbouring Mizoram lifted its ban on sale of liquor in July 2014.

In Manipur militancy hub, Myanmar provides what ‘distant’ India does not
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Villages bank on barter across the border, militants provide more medical help ‘than state govt ever did’

At border village, recalling Army’s Myanmar operation: ‘We heard shooting, explosions… boom, boom, boom’
Sun, Jun 14, 2015

“Suddenly, we heard a lot of shooting and bombs going off in the near distance. Boom, boom, boom. We were wondering what was happening,” 55-year-old Hemlet Guite, a village elder, said.

Attack no hurdle to Naga peace talks but geography remains tricky as ever
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Sources say Muivah now appears willing to consider options floated by the Indian government, including more autonomy for the Naga hill districts of Manipur.

Manipur ambush: Amid Army operation, focus on villages rife with militancy
Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Security experts in Manipur claim that Chorokhurnao village in Ukhrul was, in all probability, used by the insurgents as it is the shortest and safest route to the location of the ambush.

Hounded by kin, cops, Muslim couple goes into hiding
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

It was in August last year that Ahmad and Habib had met each other through a mutual friend.

Manipur ambush: Why the attack?
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

The attack is seen as an attempt by a miffed and slighted Khaplang to send out the message that they cannot be ignored.