Rally to demand special Assembly session in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, DEC 4 | Publish Date: 12/4/2019 12:03:31 PM IST

Alert protest on Naga peace talks spearheaded by Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) resurfaced on Wednesday after few days of silence. 

A mass rally demanding summon of special session of Manipur Assembly to pass a resolution opposing  creation of autonomous territorial council in Manipur was carried out in Imphal on Wednesday. The protestors demanded summon of special session of Manipur Legislative Assembly on or before December 10 while voicing against formation of autonomous territorial council in the state. The rally targeted Imphal Raj Bhavan. However, police stopped and dispersed them at Keishampat Junction, around 200 meter short of the Raj Bhavan.

The mass rally was carried out by the people who took part in an alert sit-in-protest staged at a community hall on the side of Tidim Road at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai under the aegis of Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI).

Placards that read “No compromise to Manipur’s integrity”, “No territorial council in Manipur”, “Convene special Assembly session” etc. were displayed at the protest site.

At the concluding part of the protest, a rally was marched towards Imphal Raj Bhavan. However, a large number of police personnel armed with riot gears rushed and stopped the rally from proceeding further from Keishampat junction.

When the protestors attempted to proceed further, a clash broke out with the police. However, with additional force, the police foiled the rally from further proceeding. Mention may be made here that after a recent meeting with Union home minister Amit Shah, COCOMI has announced its objection to creation of ethnic based territorial council within the state while asserting that the Centre has an intention to form autonomous territorial council in Manipur as a result of the peace talk with NSCN(IM).

A public convention held on November 29 last had also demanded the government of Manipur to summon a special session of Manipur legislative assembly before December 10 acknowledging the agreed points discussed with the Union home minister.

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