Asserting that it has no other options but resort to democratic forms of agitation to draw the attention of the government, the All Zeliangrong students’ union (AZSU) Tuesday issued an ultimatum to the Prime Minister of India demanding the fulfillment of its charter of demands (submitted March 24, 2011) within July 15 next, failing which it would be compelled to take series of agitation till demands fulfilled.
The AZSU had submitted memorandum March 24 last with regard to the alleged high handedness of Indian security and paramilitary including Assam Rifles in Zeliangrong areas. In the memorandum the AZSU and Zeliangrong Baudi, Manipur had placed five charter of demands which included immediate withdrawal of AFSPA-1958 from NE region; transfer of 11-AR from Zeliangrong areas; removal of unnecessary security checks post/gates on national highway, district highway and inter village roads; punitive action against “highhanded” Col. Chonkar of 11-AR and 24 hours free movement of vehicles on national highways, district highways and inter village roads in Zeliangrong areas.
In a fresh letter to prime minister, the AZSU regretted that there was no follow up action so far on the part of government of India and Assam Rifles authority.
“Despite our strong protest against the high handedness of security forces in Zeliangrong areas, they have become more aggressive and abusive to the innocent public,” the AZSU said. It recalled that recently there have been reports of fresh excessive harassment to the public in Zeliangrong area.
The AZSU alleged that Indian Army based in Assam had crossed to Manipur and harassed innocent villagers of Katiang, a Zeliangrong (Zeme) village, Tamenglong district located at Assam-Manipur border.
Also, the union said June 20, one Pouphunlung Gonmei of Namkaolong village part II was assaulted by Indian military posted at Khoupum.
“Another report of harassment also came from passengers travelling on public transport along the Old Cachar road (Bishnupur to Rengpang via Khoupum Valley) June 21,” it said.
Stating that it cannot understand why Indian Army was hell bent to create “war like situation and disturbances”, the AZSU said it can not cannot accommodate such kind of harassments to the peace loving innocent public anymore. “AZSU can no longer remain a silent spectator to the excesses of the security forces in Zeliangrong areas,” the memorandum read.