Imphal, Oct 26
Manipur once more saw thousands of people coming out in the street shouting slogan for protection of the Integrity of Manipur today. Since the last couple of days Imphal has been witnessing countless protest after the COCOMI announced to launch agitation. Two days after thousands of ladies staged a mass rally at BT road, another similar number of people staged a rally from Kwakeithel today afternoon. The rally organised by COCOMI – a joint body of 6 major civil society bodies, marched towards Governor Bungalow, however, a strong team of state police stopped them at Keishampat junction.
Reporters at the site witness confrontation between the police team and those taking part in the rally. However, the police team restrain maximum tolerance and no gun shot, lathi charge, mock bomb or tear gas shell were fired. The police later allowed some members of the COCOMI to meet the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptula.
Convenor of the COCOMI Sunil Karam, Genral Secretary of UCM Kh. Athouba, President of the CCSK Jeetendra Ningomba, President of HERICOUN Ratankumar Longjam, President of MMWO, Abdulah Phundreimayum and President of Kuki Inpi (Imphal Zone) Maangcha, President of Aimol Tribe Union, Akhil Aimol and President of AMUCO Ph Nando Luwang jointly signed a memorandum and submitted to the Governor of Manipur.
Sunil Karam while speaking to media persons soon after meeting the Governor said that, the Governor had assured to convey the message to the Union government and said that she fully understands the sentiment of the people and will render her duty to make sure that peace is restored in the state.
It may be mention that apprehensions about the fate of Manipur looms large among the people of the state as the Government of India is still keeping the contents of the frame work agreement that is likely to sign with the Nagaland Political Groups including the NSCN-IM from public domain.
Assurance to consult and let know the contents of the agreement, if any, with all stakeholders particularly the civil bodies of the state by the Prime Minister has not yet been fulfilled even as it is just five days as per announcement.
At Heirok in Thoubal district, a protest demonstration was staged warning of serious consequences if the integrity of Manipur is distorted while solving the issue of the NSCN-IM. The rally organised by Ningol Club Heirok and People Action for Change Heirok kicks start from Higher Secondary School at Heirok Part 3 today morning.
Over hundreds of people took part in the rally denouncing any act to distort the integrity of Manipur and finally concluded at Heirok part-II Keithel. The mass rally was followed by a public meeting. The participants at the rally carried banners and chanted slogans demanding to safeguard the integrity of the State Manipur. The slogans also include that the State cannot have two Government and Article 371 A cannot be implemented in the state of Manipur.
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