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Hoping for peace without disturbing Manipur integrity, says PB Acharya

Hoping for peace without disturbing Manipur integrity, says PB Acharya
PB Acharya (File)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 28 | Publish Date: 10/28/2019 11:58:04 AM IST

Amid the rising tensions in Manipur, former Nagaland Governor PB Acharya Monday said, “Let’s hope for peace without disturbing the integrity of Manipur”.

Acharya said that he was hopeful of winding up the Naga peace process with a final solution agreeable to all section of people in the region.

Interlocutor of the peace talks, RN Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland, was doing a wonderful job, he said.

Acharya was in the state to attend a programme related with interaction with beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat held at the residence of Manipur MP, RK Ranjan in Imphal East.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving keen interest in developing the Northeastern states and to achieve the goal, prevalent of peace in the region was prerequisite, Acharaya observed.

At the same time, he added that the first and foremost goal of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre was to give equal opportunity to all the citizens of the country.

“Wherever people are there, they should be respected and they should be given the opportunity to do, enjoy all the benefits of independence,” he said.

The statement of the former Nagaland Governor came amid the rising tensions in both Nagaland and Manipur over the possible outcome of the peace parley between government of India and Naga rebel groups.

With the peace talk at a crucial stage, steps to meet any eventuality were being taken up in both the states by keeping police and security forces on high alert. 

In Manipur, apprehension of compromising Manipur’s territorial integrity while inking the final peace deal with the NSCN (I-M) has led to people staging demonstrations on the streets across the valley districts since October 23, the day Coordinating Committee of Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) started launching public alert meeting.

Continuing the campaign, an all-woman alert march was carried out on the streets in the security fortified capital city on Monday.

The rally, which kicked started from New Chekon was stopped by a large number of police and CRPF personnel armed with riot gears at Palace Gate, around 200 meter short of reaching chief minister’s secretariat.

A brief scuffle broke out between the marchers and police backed by the CRPF personnel. However, timely intervention by the top police officials, who rushed to the spot, prevented from any untoward incident arising out of the scuffle.

After a strong convince, police allowed a 13-member delegation to submit memorandums to the Governor and chief minister.

 

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