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Manipur remembers its martyrs
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 18:
Published on 19 Jun. 2010 12:20 AM IST
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Thousands of people on Friday paid rich floral tributes to the memorials of 18 victims of June 18 uprising at Kekrupat as Manipur observed the 9th anniversary of “The Great June Uprising, 2001”.
Nagas, Kuki and Muslim and other communities in the state in their traditional attires also turned up for the observation and paid homage to the June 18 ‘martyrs’. Eighteen died in firing by security personnel in the explosion of public outrage on Manipur territorial integrity issue on June 18, 2001 after the Centre extended the Indo-Naga cease fire ‘without territorial limit’.
The United Committee Manipur (UCM) organised a public meeting at the park near the memorial site as part of the observance of the day while All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) observed the day as ‘Unity Day’ with a public meeting at THAU ground at DM College campus, Imphal. Leaders of various civil organisations based both valley and hills and chiefs of several villages of hill areas took part in the meeting.
The speakers mostly concentrated on the present chaotic situation of the state arising out of the proposed but now deferred visit of NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah and blamed the Central government for its “divide and rule” policy.
RK Ranendrajit, a social worker who was the editor of the Freedom, an English daily said the central government was not keen in fulfilling the demand for “Greater Nagaland” and was also not interested in the protecting the territorial integrity of the state.
“The present chaotic situation in Manipur and Nagaland is a part of a game plan of the Centre and they are using NSCN (I-M), caught in the trap of India’s hidden policy, and its frontal organisations are using as tools for creating disunity among the people,” Ranendrajit stated.
Referring to the “fake encounter” where police commandos killed two persons including a pregnant housewife at Khwairamband Bazar on July 23 last year, the speakers said when civil bodies agitate over the violation of human rights, they were arrested and booked under National Security Act (NSA).
However, the speakers said when ANSAM and UNC violated the right to life of the people by imposing economic blockade, the government remained silent.
Speakers including Sanachao Kamei, president of Zeliangrong Union (ZU), Imphal, Thambaljao Chothe, chairman of Lamlongei village of Tamenglong district, Thangsei Haokip, president of Kuki Inpi Manipur, Umsoson Kharam, president of Kharam Tribe Union, Manipur, Kokomlunglu Kamei, president of Kabui Mothers’ Association, Rose Mangsi, president of Kuki Mother’s Association lamented the disregard of the government for the people’s woes due to the prolonged imposition of economic blockade. They also particularly targeted MP from inner Manipur parliamentary constituency, T Meinya who was also a former minister and MP of Rajya Sabha, Rishang Keishing, a former chief minister of the state for not pressing the Centre to solve the state problems.

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