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Monolith controversy: Mnp govt to act against groups under SoO

Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 17 | Publish Date: 10/17/2019 12:14:18 PM IST

Cadres of some Kuki based militant groups under suspension of operation (SoO) have been alleged to indulge in activities that could flare up communal passions against the backdrop of removal of “ancestral land” from the words inscribed in the memorial stones of the “Anglo-Kuki War 1917-19”

Taking cognizance of reports and activities of the militant groups under SoO seriously, Manipur government has decided to initiate action against the group after it brings up the matter with the Indian government.

suspension of operation truces were signed among the Centre, state government and Kuki based militant groups under two umbrella bodies - Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People’s Front (UPF) engaging in the peace talks. Sensing the controversy surrounding the inscription “ancestral land” by Kukis on memorial stones while commemorating the centenary of Anglo-Kuki War 1917-19 could flare communal passions in the state, Manipur government has been putting in efforts to settle the issue.

After a series of talks with both Kuki and Naga based pressure groups in the last few days, an agreement to replace the controversial “ancestral land” by “dignity” was reached in the latest talk with leaders of Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) and Anglo-Kuki War Centenary Commemoration Committee at the chief minister’s level on late Wednesday evening.

As per the agreement, the state government had also issued order declaring October 17 as a restricted holiday of the state and also initiated steps to identify a place in the Greater Imphal area for setting up memorial site for the Kuki martyrs. 

However,  it was allegedly reported that  cadres of some militants under SoO indulged in threatening people and firing guns to cause panicky to the people last night at some areas to protest against the agreement.

Besides, Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) Saikul and Tengnoupal branches declared closure of all schools located within the jurisdictions to protest against the agreement.

Taking note of  the latest development, chief minister N Biren Singh convened a cabinet meeting today and deliberated on the issue thoroughly.

A cabinet meeting decided to enquire into the incidents of threats and firing of guns to identify the militant groups under SoO responsible for the acts which tantamount to flaring up communal passions in the state.

Observing that the acts amount to violation of  ground rules of the SoO truce, the cabinet decided to take up the matter with the Centre to initiate appropriate actions against them, state education minister Th Radheshyam who is also the government spokesperson told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

He said that considering the sensitivity of the issue, state government was trying to settle through talks with Kuki CSOs as well as Naga CSOs at the chief minister’s level in the last few days.

The state government has taken the acts of some militant groups seriously as it may create communal tension that could disturb the peace and harmony among the different communities. 

In this regard, the government has initiated an investigation to identify the groups responsible for the acts.

Necessary actions will be taken against the militant groups for violating the ground rules of the suspension of operation truces besides apprising the Centre for initiating actions from their side, he said.

The government spokesperson further said that a FIR has been lodged against the functionaries of Kuki Students’ Organisation  behind enforcing shutdown of schools located in Saikul area of Kangpokpi and Tengnoupal district.

Police have been directed to arrest the functionaries and initiate action against them as per law, Radheshyam said.

He said that the incumbent government will not allow a community to do anything hurting the interest of the other communities. 

It was the bounden duty of the government to maintain peace and tranquillity and the government will leave no stone unturned to punish those involved in activities tantamount to creating disharmony and peaceful coexistence among the different communities, the spokesperson asserted.

 

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