IMPHAL: Strongly condemning the indifferent attitude of the state government towards the tribals, the Outer Manipur Tribal Forum (OMTF) & Joint Action Committee Against Anti-Tribal Bills (JAC-AATB) has called for bandh on October 7.
A joint resolution passed by the two bodies declared 12-hour bandh in all tribal-inhabited areas of the state from 6 am on October 7.
The OMTF and JAC-AATB, on September 30, deliberated on the newly drafted Non-Local People of Manipur Bill and the Scheduled Tribe Status demand by the Co-ordininating Body of Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee of Manipur, and resolved to call the 12-hour bandh.
The two bodies also reiterated the boycott of tribal MLAs in the state.
Stating neither the forum nor the JAC shall be responsible for any untoward incidents if they fail to comply with the boycott, the OMTF and JAC-AATB said in a joint statement that any individuals, organizations or political parties betraying the indigenous people shall have no place in the tribal areas in ‘present Manipur”.
According to a joint release, the OMTF and JAC-AATB have submitted a memorandum to the prime minister to oppose the demand of the Meitei community for a Scheduled Tribe status.
The two bodies will also organise a joint tour in tribal areas, including Motbung, Kangpokpi, Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel and Tamenglong to create awareness on Constitutional rights and duties of tribals.
(Source: The Statesman)