IMPHAL, May 18, 2018: Civil voluntary organisations have sought immediate clarification from Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Home Minister, Kiren Rijiju on interlocutor, R. N. Ravi’s statement in connection with the creation of a Naga territorial council as part of the peace deal between the NSCN (I-M) and the Centre.
They also demanded chief minister, N. Biren to declare the state government’s stand on the question of Manipur’s integrity.
United Committee Manipur (UCM), Committee of Civil Societies of Kangleipak (CCSK) and All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) staged a protest demonstration that started from Keishampat Lemajam Leikai to the chief minister’s bungalow.
Police blocked them at Nupi Lal Memorial complex but later permitted eleven representatives of the organisations led by UCM president, Sunil Karam to submit a memorandum to the chief minister addressing the Prime Minister.
The memorandum includes ten points, reminding the Prime Minister to immediately restrain R.N. Ravi from issuing any such provocative press statements.
Speaking to reporters, the AMUCO president, Ph. Devan said that the statement given by R.N. Ravi in Indian Express on April 26 which mentioned providing an autonomous Naga territorial council in the state served as an enormous threat to the integrity of the state.
He said the accord which is going on to bring peace in the North East states seems more likely to be an invitation for chaos judging from the statement made by the interlocutor.
Asking the Centre to remember the June 18 incident which took place under the BJP-led government in the state, the president said the state will strongly fight against the Centre and not among different communities if the accord affects the integrity of the state.
UCM president, Sunil Karam said the home minister had clarified that AFSPA will not be repealed from Nagaland. He asked, “Why does the home minister fail to clarify on the Ravi’s statement to create an autonomous Naga territorial council when he clarified on AFSPA?”
Such act clearly shows that the Centre is utilising the interlocutor to calculate the sentiments of the Manipur people, he added.
He continued on May 6, the three bodies has sought clarification from the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the statement made by interlocutor but so far no clarification has been given yet, so the bodies will continue the protest until clarification is made.
TNT News with inputs from Imphal Free Press
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