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Manipur renews integration stand
Published on 19 Jun. 2011 12:00 AM IST
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Hordes of people across the state of Manipur braved the rain on Saturday to pay homage at Kekrupat, Imphal where the memorials of 18 people laid down their lives in people’s uprising on June 18, 2001 against GoI and NSCN (I-M) ceasefire agreement without “territorial limit”.
The day was observed by United Committee Manipur (UCM) as “The Great June Uprising” and as “Unity Day’ by the All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) with public meeting in separate places.
At Kekrupat, people paid floral tributes led by families of the 18 martyrs.
Hansen Hege Margrette Kolshus, Norway embassy in India who is currently on her visit to the state, Dr T Meinya MP of Manipur, agriculture minister Ph Parijat and MLA O Landhoni Devi, wife of the state chief minister O Ibobi Singh were among others who paid homage to the memorials at Kekrupat.
A public gathering organised by United Committee, Manipur at Kekrupat site reaffirmed the pledge that the people of Manipur will not allow remapping the present boundary of Manipur under any circumstances.
Many speakers on the occasion expressed the need to promote greater understanding among the communities in Manipur.
They also reiterated that there would be no compromise on the issue of the territorial integrity of Manipur. At the same time, they expressed the need for work to promote co-existence among the communities of Manipur while preserving their distinct ethnic identities.
Former UCM president, Langamba while speaking on the occasion recalled the recent visit of Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio to open NPF’s Manipur unit and said it was not a good sign for the integrity of the state and asserted that the hidden agenda of his visit was “creation of Greater Nagaland.”
AMUCO observed the day as “Unity Day” at THAU ground, Thangmeiband. Even though.
The Centre’s policy to break the territorial boundary of the state was to please some sections of people, speakers in the meeting said and called upon people to fight with concerted effort for territorial integrity of the state.
“We need to stand united against the Centre’s divide and rule policy,” president of AMUCO, KT Rehman asserted while addressing the huge gathering.
It is pertinent to mention that in the aftermath of extension of ceasefire “beyond territorial limits” between the Centre and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (I-M) in June 2001, Manipur people strongly opposed the move and in the protests, people burnt the offices of all political parties including the residences of the Chief Minister and MLAs.

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