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Manipur demonstrate against Muivah’s visit
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 15:
Published on 16 May. 2010 12:18 AM IST
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The voice against NSCN (IM) general secretary’s proposed visit, now deferred, is picking up in Imphal as womenfolk in Ukhrul district continued to stage sit-in protest to register protest against killing of two youths in Mao gate on May 6 and in solidarity to the Manipur government’s decision not to allow Th. Muivah’s visit to the state.
Thousands of people participated in a demonstration rally marched on Saturday on the streets along the Imphal section of NH-53.
The rally urged Th Muivah to review his decision to enter the state and not to hold public meetings in some Naga dominated hill districts asking him not to be trapped in GoI’s “hidden policy” of divide and rule.
The speakers in the rally stated that the Government of India did not want peace in the north eastern region and were playing the “divide and rule policy” by spewing venom to the people of different communities.
They urged the state government to stand firm to the decision of not allowing Muivah to visit the state.
S Kunjakishore, independent MLA, speaking at the meeting, said “May be Muivah a good leader of some people and a VIP of the Centre (Government of India) but he is a criminal in state. There is no reason to give him permission to visit in the state despite being his birth place.”
A lot of criminal cases are pending against him apart from the outfit he is leading had committed various crimes which hurt the people of the state, a local leader said recalling various criminal activities of the outfit.
Widespread sit-in demonstrations were also staged in Imphal city by businessmen, shopkeepers and women vendors of various markets in solidarity to the government’s stance.
All shops and other businessmen establishments remained closed during the demonstration. Various slogans asking Muivah not to break the love-bond among the hills and valley people and decrying his visit terming its as uncalled were displayed at the protest site.
Meanwhile, womenfolk in Ukhrul district continued their sit-in protest at Ukhrul town hall decrying the state government’s stand on Muivah’s visit and in support of his visit in his birthplace, Somdal.
They also condemned the violence in Mao gate which claimed the life of two youths and injured several others. Around 300 women took part in the protest, a report received here said.

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