The coffin protest being underway since November 4, at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi against the passing of the three ILPS related Bills by Manipur Legislative Assembly on August 30 this year and the simultaneous protest at Churachandpur which led the death of 9 protestors is finally getting support from some members of the parliaments at Rajya Sabha.
Romeo Hmar, convenor of the Manipur tribal Forum, Delhi, speaking to reporters said that BJP MP, Tarun Vijay had raised the sentiments of Manipur’s tribal people during zero hour in Rajya Sabaha on Thursday. He said Congress MP from Mizoram Ronald Sapa Tlau had also submitted written questions to the Rajya sabha seeking written answer from the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding the problems being faced by the tribal people of Manipur since the passing of the 3 ILPS related Bills.
As according to Romeo Hmar, BJP MP, Tarun Vijay during the zero hour at Rajya Sabha on Thursday had stated that the Manipur police used tear gas and if necessary rubber bullets for valley protestors but used live bullets for tribal protestors without warning. The BJP MP also reportedly drew the attention of house urging the central government to look into the three ILPS related Bills passed by the Manipur legislative Assembly stating that children of Mother India are protesting to get the attention of the Central government to the issue of the tribal people.
Romeo Hmar said that that BJP MP Tarun Vijay was supported by MPs like Jaya Bachchan (UP), Avinash Rai Khanna (Punjab), Majeed Memon (Maharashtra), D Raja (Tamil Nadu), P L Punia (UP), MD Nadimul Haque (West Bengal), Styanaryan Jatiya (Maharashtra) and Tapan Kumar Sen (West Bengal).
Produced here is the questions submitted by the Congress MP from Mizoram to the Rajya Sabha seeking answer from the Ministry of Home Affairs-
“Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state: (a) whether nine innocent tribals were killed due to police firing on protestors against the passage of three controversial anti-tribal bills by the Manipur Legislative Assembly on 31st August, 2015; (b) if so, the details thereof; (c) whether president of India has given his assent to the three bills; and (d) the steps taken by Government to resolve the issue and the steps taken to protect the rights, especially land rights of the tribals of Manipur?”
The Congress MP from Mizoram also raised the queries as follows: (a) whether Government is aware of the controversy surrounding the three Bills passed by the Manipur Assembly on the 31st August, 2015 and the resultant agitation by the tribal people against these Bills and the long felt demand of the hill tribal for separate political administration from the valley people; (b) what action Government has taken to expedite the tripartite talks involving the Zomi, Kuki and Hmar armed groups of United People Front (UPF) and Kuki National Organisation (KNO) with the Central and State Governments for permanent political solution in Manipur; (c) whether interlocutor for the tripartite talks has been appointed and if so, the details thereof and by when the talks would be started?