COCOMI demands details of GoI-NSCN (I-M) pact

COCOMI demands details of GoI-NSCN (I-M) pact
COCOMI co-ordinator Sunil Karam addressing the media. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 1 | Publish Date: 11/1/2019 12:09:25 PM IST

 Sets November 4 deadline for Centre to disclose details

Co-ordination Committee of Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) on Friday set November 4 deadline for the Centre to disclose the details if it had entered any agreement with the NSCN (I-M) after final round of peace parley in New Delhi on Thursday.

The apex body of major CSOs campaigning for safeguarding Manipur territorial integrity demanded the contents must be made public if any agreement was reached in the peace talk.

Addressing a press conference in Imphal, COCOMI co-ordinator Sunil Karam claimed that according to media reports, Centre has entered into an agreement with the NSCN(I-M). “If it is true, the details of the agreement must be made known on or before November 4,” he said and asked the state government to press the Centre for providing the details of the agreement.

He and asserted that COCOMI will welcome the agreement if any matter hurting Manipur’s interest was not included in the agreement. Government at the Centre as well as in the state must remove the apprehensions in the minds of the people of the state, he added.

Karam expressed COCOMI’s strong apprehension of inclusion of clause(s) which may affect the interest of Manipur in the agreement. If there was no clause related to Manipur in the agreement then why a large number of Central security forces were deployed in the state, he questioned.

Karam alleged that Centre was still sending Central security forces in the state even after the peace talk had concluded and Union home ministry gave assurance of consulting all stakeholders before finalising the agreement.

Apprehensions were increased after the frequency of commercial flights at the Imphal airport and deployment of fighter planes at the airport in the last few days, he said. “What is the need for stepping up security in the state if there is no point affecting Manipur’s interest included in the agreement,” Karam asked.

In the last few days, besides Central security force personnel like CRPF deployed at almost all the nooks and corners of the capital city and its outskirt, convoys of security forces from outside the state also arrived into the State.

Meanwhile, official source said that at least 15 additional companies of Central security forces have arrived in Imphal and their accommodations were being arranged in some colleges and government buildings in Imphal and its outskirt.

Karam alleged that the frequency of the flights increased as security personnel were being transported by air besides the personnel coming along the national highways from bordering state of Assam.

Not only unusual tightened security measure, fighter jets were being deployed at the Imphal airport, he added.“It is nothing but a hint of something undesirable point(s) in the agreement,” he said and added that at this juncture COCOMI cannot remain silent.

Other leaders of the COCOMI who attended the news conference expressed the same apprehension and cautioned the state government that people’s anger will not be able to be controlled by using force.

“If the state government fails to obtain the details of the agreement from the Centre, this unworthy incumbent government have to face people’s anger,” assistant co-ordinator Nando Luwang cautioned.

During the press conference, COCOMI announced continuation of its alert campaign and protest against any move to distort Manipur, saying that unless the Indian government gives a concrete assurance to safeguard the integrity of the state, alert campaign will continue.

Meanwhile, the general strike call given by the COCOMI which was extended till 6 pm Friday severely hit normal life in the state for the second consecutive day. 

People also continued to stage protest rallies on the streets in their respective localities like the previous day. No untoward incident related with the strike reported from any part of the state.

Patton appeals to neighbouring states

DIMAPUR, NOV 1 (NPN): Nagaland deputy chief minister, Y. Patton has appealed to the neighbouring states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal to extend full cooperation towards inking of the final Indo-Naga settlement.

In a press note, Patton on behalf of the state BJP unit lauded the magnanimous effort and sagacious decision of government of India under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister and national BJP president, Amit Shahj to bring long lasting peace in the entire northeast.

As government of India, NSCN (I-M) and NNPGs have come to term for bringing the protracted Indo-Naga Political talks to a logical conclusion, Patton said this will usher in era of peace and tranquillity in all the Naga inhabited and  the entire North East.

He said the strong and determined and visionary decision of the present day NDA government under the leadership of Modi and Shah, the protracted Naga issue has come to a logical conclusion which was in the interest of all NE States.


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