Imphal, June 7:
Citizens for Justice – a group comprising of lawyers, advocates and social activists working for justice and peace in the state expressed grief at the unfolding crisis in the state resulting from the warlike situation created by unrelenting attacks and arson by Kuki militants party to the tripartite SoO agreement supported by drug cartels in cahoots with illegal armed members of Chin-Kuki militants of Myanmar.
Speaking at a press conference at the Manipur Press Club, Senior Advocate Khaidem Mani, former Chairperson of Manipur Human Rights Commissions mentioned about the massive human chain formed by more than an estimated four lakh womenfolk reminiscing of the December of 1939 women uprising demanding removal of Assam Rifles from the state, protection of integrity of Manipur and abrogation of SoO agreement with the armed Kuki militants terrorising the innocent civilians in both the hills and the valley areas and creating a warlike situation. He also expressed deep concern on the continued and inexplicable silence of the state and central government on the present crisis in the state as well as the De facto president’s rule in operation with the removal of administrative power over the armed forces from the Chief Minister which has been handed over to the unified command of former CRPF DG Kuldiep Singh as security advisor in addition to appointment of a Joint Secretary and Directors of five key departments by the centre.
Demanding the immediate need to convene a special session of the state assembly to discuss and take important decisions at this critical juncture of the state, the senior advocate also announced the steps the group will be taking up in the immediate future including taking legal recourse if the state government failed to do so as the present crisis is a clear threat to the integrity of the state.