Jiribam, Aug 20:
National Highway -37 (Imphal – Jiri) road is unsafe for travelling by Meitei community people since May 03, ethnic violence broke out in Manipur.
Speaking in a press meet, W. Dinesh Meitei, General Secretary, Meitei Convention Jiribam said that since the ethnic violence broke out between the two communities, there was unrest in different parts of Manipur.
He added that the NH-37 is one of the important routes for the Meitei’s. But for the previous 100 days Meitei people are not feeling safe and secure to travel through the road. People from Jiribam went to Imphal through helicopter service from Jiribam or plane service from Silchar. But the airfare price is too expensive that commoners could not afford it.
Dinesh appealed to the government of Manipur to take concrete steps so as make NH-37 a free and fair road and safe passage for each and every individual.
He also cautions, if the authorities fail to pay attention to the demand of the Meitei Convention, then it might lead to the blockade of NH-37 by the Meitei Convention with the support of the masses.
He stated that during this critical situation of ethnic violence, the Deputy Commissioner (D.C) post of Jiribam District is lying vacant since August 10 in Jiribam District which is one of the most sensitive place in Manipur as different communities people are residing there. In the absence of Deputy Commissioner in Jiribam District people are facing many difficulties in the civil administrative works. He also appealed to the government to fill up the vacant post of D.C as earliest.
Today’s press meet of Meitei Convention Jiribam was attended by Th. Kumba Luwang, President, Meitei Convention ;W. Dinesh Meitei, General Secretary Meitei Convention; Y. Saral Singh, Finance Secretary Meitei Convention; Y. Ibomcha Singh, Asst. Secretary M.C; M. Hamanta Meitei, Advisor M.C.