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Global Sit-in-protest staged in Delhi; calls on Govt. to restore peace in Manipur

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Global Sit-in-protest staged in Delhi; calls on Govt. to restore peace in Manipur

Disturbed and anguished over the government’s inability to solve the ongoing crisis in Manipur even after 7 months despite the presence of heavy security forces, by Delhi Meitei Co-Ordinating Committee (DMCC) in Association with Meitei Alliance (MA) and Global Manipur Federation (GMF) jointly organized a Global Sit-in-protest calling upon Government of India to Deliver Peace, Security and Harmonious Community Co-existence in Manipur.
A joint statement of the three organizations, issued to media houses said that after May 3, 2023, the Government of India deployed an additional 60,000 central force personnel and top-ranking administrative officials. It has appointed a Security Advisor and a new DGP for Manipur to strategize and execute the responsibility of restoring law and order. Unfortunately, for more than seven months now there are no enough security measures to protect the people of Manipur. Ironically, the burdens of protecting Meetei villages, properties, and lives have been left to Meitei civilians and their will.
The statement also added that recently, Manipur State Government decided to withdraw from Suspension of Operation (SoO), that is, tripartite agreements involving Kuki armed organisations, the Central Government of India, and the state Government of Manipur. The government of Manipur justified its decision by saying that Kuki armed oganisations under the SoO have been violating the ground rules.
The statement also alleged that those engaging in SoO are responsible for cross-border infiltration, illicit drug business, unlawful poppy farming, encroachment on and destruction of forests, kidnapping, and murder for ransom, highway extortion, robbery, and political instabilities. Unfortunately, the Union Home Ministry rejected the Manipur government’s decision. What becomes clear is that the Government of India has held onto the SoO, thereby, directly or indirectly allowing the concerned Kuki armed organisations to operate with impunity.
“Manipur calls for peace, security, and harmonious community co-existence. A distressful situation has affected all the peace-loving people in our homeland. We have been militarily seized by hordes of Chin–Kuki Militants since 3rd May 2023. From this unfortunate day onwards, they have been advancing their diabolic agenda of creating a drug haven unit of the notorious Golden Triangle, to be carved out in the name of an exclusive communal administrative jurisdiction. They are overrunning, occupying, and taking the law into their own hands in Manipur’s Kangpokpi, Churachandpur, Tengnoupal, Pherzawl, and Chandel districts. In these districts, they have destroyed public properties, murdered, and looted and displaced Meeteis. In Churachandpur district alone over 1800 Meetei houses have been bulldozed. They are suppressing any kind of sane and democratic voices that call for peace and the rule of law. Meanwhile, they have been carrying out coordinated armed attacks on Meeteis in the vulnerable areas of Imphal East, Imphal West, Kakching, Thoubal, Bishnupur, and Khamjong districts. During these 7 months, they have not spared aged persons, children, women, domestic animals, etc. Several policemen and central security personnel have also been killed, maimed, and injured. Recently, they have killed 13 unarmed Meitei youths after torture”, the joint statement said.

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