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Naga solution: protests continue in Imphal

Naga solution: protests continue in Imphal
Protesters storming MP RK Ranjan s residence in Imphal on Friday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 8 | Publish Date: 11/8/2019 11:16:45 AM IST

Protesters on Friday stormed  an MP and some MLAs’ residences where they shouted “Long live Manipur” while pressing them to raise the issue of protection of Manipur’s integrity to the India government.

Large number of people, mostly women and students took to the streets as they formed human chain and chanted slogans in solidarity to alert campaign initiated by Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI).

As announced by the COCOMI on Thursday, an alert rally was held  in Kongba area of Imphal East district where protesters stormed the residence of Lok Sabha MP RK Ranjan at Uchekon.

Defying police resistance, the protestors knocked at the gate of the MP but he was found to be out of station, following which they chanted slogans to the MP to protect the state integrity until police pushed them out.

Another group of protesters stormed the residence of state deputy chief minister Y Joykumar at Naoremthong in Imphal West district and met him.

During a brief interaction, the protesters insisted that the deputy chief minister to convey their demand of convening a special session of the state Assembly while conveying  people’s worry of  the compromise of  Manipur’s interest while appeasing NSCN(IM).

After getting a positive response from the deputy chief minister, the protesters returned even as they continued chanting slogans to protect state’s integrity.

Protesters storming residences of other MLAs were also reported from other places.

Meanwhile, police had a hard time managing traffic at several roads in Imphal and other valley districts as protesters blocked half the roads and formed human chains.

Students of various schools suspended their classes for the day and took part in the formation of human chains on the roads.

One such protest staged by students of Johnston Higher Secondary School located in the heart of the capital city caused traffic jam along the BT Road that passes through the heart of the city.

The police on duty on BT Road had a hard time while controlling the students as well managing the traffic.

Chanting “Long live Manipur”, the students warned of bloodshed if Centre compromises state’s interest to appease an armed rebel group.

They also alleged the Centre of creating an uneasy calm by not bringing out the agree points of the last round of peace negotiation and urged the Centre not to spew communal venoms to the ethnic communities living in the state.

On the other hand, alert protests were also staged widely across the valley areas. People of different communities living in the valley areas and adjoining hill areas also participated in the alert protests.

While cautioning the Centre against any point(s) infringing Manipur’s interest are included in the peace accord to be signed between GoI and Naga rebel groups, COCOMI has been pressing the Centre to disclose the contents of the agreed points of the last round of peace negotiation held on October 31 last.

While announcing stepping up its alert campaign for protection of integrity and unity of the state, COCOMI had given the call to knock at the residences of the MLAs and MPs of the state and press them to convene special session of the state Assembly and furnish the same to the Centre and Parliament too which the session of both the houses of parliament was due to commence from November 18. Amid the mounting up pressure to convene the Assembly session, the main opposition Congress in Manipur questioned the government’s motive behind non-convening of the session even as the state is in crucial stage.

The opposition observed that convening special session of the state Assembly was crucial to take a fresh resolution for protection of state integrity at this juncture.

MPCC spokesperson O Joy Singh, addressing a news conference at Congress Bhavan, opined that there was no legal bound when the Assembly adopted a similar resolution which it had taken if there was a gap of six months.

He stressed the importance of the resolution of the state Assembly to safeguard the territorial integrity of the state while asserting that a resolution taken by the state Assembly was the voice of the people.

The Congress leader suspected a hidden agenda behind the BJP-led coalition government in its unwillingness to convene the Assembly session. 

He alleged that the framework agreement which the Centre had signed with the NSCN(IM) would have an hidden agenda while raising question as to why the agreed points were kept secret till date.

He added that the large number of Central paramilitary forces deployed in the staten has compelled to think that there is a hidden agenda behind the framework agreement.

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