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Manipur tribals held indefinite Coffin Protest in Delhi for 27 days now

9 dead bodies unburied for 91 days, MTFD set Coffin Rally on Dec 9

The ongoing indefinite sit-in-protest organised by the Manipur Tribals Forum, Delhi (MTFD) here at Jantar Mantar completed its 27th day today.  Mr CL Ruala, Congress MP (Mizoram), Mr Majeed Memon, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Mr Vijoo krishnan, Joint secretary, All India Kisan Sabha and a CPI-M leader  attended the protest on Sunday. The relay protest has been held every day since November 4, from 4PM to 8PM. Mr CL Ruala, though from a Congress party, gave a short speech in supporting the Manipur tribal’s cause. He said he came to show his support and not to give speech.
Mr Vijoo Krishnan continues to grace the protest almost every day. He said he will try his best in helping the tribals of Manipur.
Mr Majeed Memon expressed his support for the tribal movement and promised that he will be with Manipur tribals and help them in all the possible ways he can. He said that he will apprise PM Narendra Modi at the earliest. “This fight is not just a Centre or State issue but more of a Humanity issue,” Memon added.
“MTFD earnestly calls out to every individual who believes in justice, peace and equality. Because enough is enough. We deserve to live in dignity and in tranquility in our own homes. We will fight together, for our brothers, sisters, our mothers and fathers, our children and our future,” said J Maivio, co-convener of MTFD.
MTFD leaders said that the issue was also raised by Nagaland MP Mr Neiphiu Rio on Nov 25, 2015 at the NDA Allies Meet. Prime minister and Home minister responded and told the meeting that they will seriously look into the matter and resolve it as soon as possible and a dialogue is also soon to begin and a solution will be found soon too. He will be raising the issue again in the Parliament. Neiphiu Rio is the first MP to support the tribal movement and also first MP to join the ongoing protest at Jantar Mantar.
The nine youths who lost their precious lives during the protest in Lamka after the passing of three Bills in Manipur Assembly on August 31 were Enkhankhup (20) h/o Chingngaihniang s/o Nangzachin, LV Lane, New Lamka; Robert V Jamminthang (30) s/o (L) Vungkhozam College Veng, New Lamka; Khamsianmuan (22) s/o Kamkhenthang of Vengkhang, Pearsonmun;  Khaijamang Touthang (11)  s/o (Late) Haokhothang Touthang, Bijang;  Henlalson (18) s/o M Khaikhothang Headquarter Veng, Lamka;  Pausuanlian (19) s/o Haulianching Vengnuam, New Lamka;  Thangzalian (30)  s/o Vungching Hiangtam Lamka;  H Paulianmang (23) s/o H Thianlal, Dorcas Veng, New Lamka and K Lamkhenthang (45) s/o K Ginzalian, Vengnuam, New Lamka.

“As we remain vibrant and committed to our political causes, we also reiterate our support to the JAC against the three anti-tribal bills, Joint Philanthropic Organisations, Manipur Tribal Forum formed in various cities and towns, Inpis, Church leaders, and a host of civil organisations in their movement against the three Bills,” said a joint statement of the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) & United Peoples Front (UPF) signed by Calvin H and TS Haokip on November 28.
The KNO and UPF have unanimously decided to pursue common political objectives which would be nothing less than a ‘State status,’ send joint delegation to Delhi and recently worked out its ‘common political road-map’ on 25th November, 2015,’ the statement said.
The nine tribal martyrs were still lying unburied for the last 91 days. Earlier JAC, JPO and Inpis decided to bury on November 30, but it turned out to be futile. However the burial date is not yet known. In its meeting on Monday, the Joint Action Committee against Anti-Tribal Bills (JAC) resolved that starting December 1, 2015 all schools as well as shops and establishments including government offices will be allowed to re-open as normal. However, *‘Lengkhawm’ *at the Lamka District Hospital will continue under the supervision of the Joint Philanthropic Organisation (JPO) and the JAC, Women Wing till the mortal remains of the nine Tribal Martyrs are laid to rest. In pressing the central government the Manipur Tribals Forum Delhi (MTFD) is set to organise a massive Coffin Rally in New Delhi on December 9.

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