Imphal, July 7,
Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) in a press statement said that the ongoing trend of conflict which are being prevailed in the state of Manipur wherein the ultimate victim lies on the civilians.
“We fear that the conflict and the violence prevailing in the state are strategically planned by the state or the government to distract the particular matters which are not for the public interest so as to fulfil their needs”, a statement release Mr. Kh Phajaton, President YFPHR said.
The statement said that The Framework agreement which was signed between the government of India and NSCN-IM on the 3rd of August, 2015, was during the peak of uprising by the people to implement ILP which got intensified after the death of Sapamcha Robinhood while on the other hand people settling near the border town to Myanmar erupted as well.
On 21-22 November, 2017, North East Development Summit was organized wherein 39 MoUs were signed which is yet to be made public by the Government of Manipur. It was further known that the MoUs includes extraction of mineral resources from Manipur which was opposed by the Civil Societies since 2012. The MoUs were silently signed without the consent of the people while the people are celebrating and enjoying Sangai Festival and also busy during the protest against the extraction of Oil and Natural resources in nook and corner of the state and physically intervening to stop the 3D seismic survey being conducted by the Asian Oilfield.
In July 2018, during the peak of 2019 election campaign yet various problems are fear to be created by the state or central government on the issue of Border Pillar, MUs ongoing protest and Eviction work. Various Civil Societies are concentrated on the issue of Eviction which resulted in lack of collective concentration on the Border Pillar issue, Students are made busy for the ongoing Protest in MUs as a result they are not able to contribute to the issue of Border Pillar and others. It could be noted none of the social movement was achieved without the contribution of the Students till date.
Now the serious issue is the suspicious of mongering of the communal conflict due to the eviction work , MU’s issue to destroy the students lives and the cross border conflict due the border issue which the state and the central government is responsible to stop such ill practices or game being played upon to the civilians. Such fear of creation of conflict by the state is not the first time being observed but the people has been experiencing since the last many decades.
The Forum ask- Why the state and the central government want the conflict to prevail instead of resolving? Are they secretly planning to achieve something by making the conflict prevail?
It appeals the state and central Government to stop fooling the people of Manipur and stop such game immediately instead protect the people as it is the ultimate responsibility of the state to protect the people but not to create conflict.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. He also looks after the website and application of Imphal Times. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.