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Nagas in Manipur submit memos to PM
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 19:
Published on 20 Jun. 2011 12:40 AM IST
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The Naga People’s Organisation (NPO) Senapati, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Chandel Naga People’s Organisation (CNPO) and Zeliangrong Baudi, Manipur (ZBM) has separately submitted a memorandum in Saturday to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh apprising him about the ‘alternative arrangement’ demand.
In a separate memorandum submitted by NPO, CNPO, TNL and ZBM said “We have great hope in your government under your leadership to bring about an alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur.”
The organisations also stated that public meetings reiterated “our demand, and request your good office to translate it into reality with sincerity and political will thereby usher peace and stability.”
The organizations also expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for taking keen interest and initiative in the Indo Naga peace talk and the tripartite talks— government of India, Manipur government and the United Naga Council.
The tripartite talks is based on the UNC demand for an alternative arrangement for Nagas living in Manipur. Nagas in Manipur have severed all political ties with the government of Manipur as per the declaration of the Naga People’s Convention (NPC) on July 1, 2010.
Manipur bodies slam Centre
The United Committee, Manipur and the All Manipur United Clubs Organisation Saturday accused New Delhi of driving wedges in communities of the Northeast.
They also blamed Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio for supporting NSCN (I-M)’s demand for the division of Manipur.
The committee opposed participation by the Manipur government in the talks over the United Naga Council’s (UNC) demand for an alternative administrative arrangement for Nagas living in Manipur.
The two organisations held separate functions in Imphal Saturday to pay tribute to 18 persons killed in the firing by security personnel to control rampaging protesters who burnt government buildings on June 18, 2001. They were protesting against extension of the NSCN (I-M) ceasefire.
The uprising forced New Delhi to roll back the declaration of extension without any territorial limit.
Thousands, including Lok Sabha MP Th. Meinya Singh, chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s wife and MLA Landhoni Devi, paid floral tributes at the memorial site at Kekrupat in Imphal city.
“The Manipur government should not take part in the meeting, the agenda of which is dividing Manipur. The state government should take a clear stand on the UNC demand,” said committee president Yumnamcha Dilipkumar.
Organisation president K. T. Rahman said opening of the Manipur unit of Naga People’s Front in Senapati recently by Rio and the attempt by NSCN (I-M) leader Th. Muivah to enter Manipur were parts of a design to break up Manipur.

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