Manipur braces up for series of stir

Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 5 | Publish Date: 11/5/2019 10:57:52 AM IST

Manipur is bracing up for a fresh wave of protest over Naga peace process as the apex body of civil society organisations (CSOs) has announced a series of stir in the days ahead.

Alleging that Manipur government had failed to provide contents of the recently-concluded Naga peace talks, Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) on Tuesday announced continuation of the ongoing alert campaign over Naga peace process in an intensified form from Wednesday.

COCOMI had earlier set November 4 as deadline for the State government for making public the “agreed points” of the last round of Naga peace talks.

Addressing a news conference here, COCOMI coordinator Sunil Karam alleged that even after the expiry of the November 4 deadline set by the apex body of CSOs, the State government had failed to provide contents of the peace negotiation. And as the government had failed to provide the same, doubts were now being expressed that the agreed points contained points that could affect Manipur’s interest, he pointed out.

Hence, there was the need for launching more intensified forms of movement for safeguarding the territorial integrity of the state, he asserted.

Karam said COCOMI was, however, doubtful of Centre agreeing to an ethnic-based administrative arrangement like Naga territorial council or Pan Naga Hoho in the agreement.

The COCOMI coordinator announced that the first phase of intensified movement would include chanting of slogans with torch in hands by the people on the night of November 6 and 7 against any move aimed at compromising Manipur’s territorial integrity.

The torch rally would be taken out between 7 and 8 pm across towns and villages, he said.

Further, on November 8 and 9, people from different works of life would take to the streets in their respective areas and form human chains on the road.

Karam further asked the Manipur government to wind up Manipur International Textile Expo (MANITEX) 2019, which began on Tuesday, considering the prevailing situation.

He alleged that the expo seemed to have been organised to divert the people’s mind and so it must be immediately concluded. 

He further urged the State government to postpone this year’s Manipur Sangai Festival, which is scheduled from November 21, due to the same reason.

The festival should be postponed till the final result of the Naga peace negotiation was known, he demanded.

Urging the government not to delay in convening a special session of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Karam cautioned that the delay could trigger public outrage, leading to untoward incidents.

COCOMI has been pressing the Centre to disclose the “agreed points” of the peace negotiation as the CSOs expressed doubts that these contained point that could affect the territorial integrity of Manipur, “if not at present, in future”.  

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