Imphal, Aug 24:
A five-member team of the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee of Manipur (STDCM) led by its president Dhiraj Yum, today called on the delegation of the Communist Party of India (CPI) at the conference hall of Hotel Nirmala here in Imphal and highlighted the present crisis happening in the state by submitting a memorandum.
The team led by D. Raja, General Secretary of CPI, Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Vishwam, CPI National Secretary Ram Krishna Panda, K. Narayan, and National Executive Committee member Asomi Gogoi arrived here in Manipur to take stock of the ongoing crisis in Manipur.
The STDCM team while highlighting the ongoing crisis in Manipur said that the conflict is between the Meitei tribe and the Kuki tribe. The only difference is that the Meitei is an unscheduled tribe whereas the Kuki are a scheduled tribe.
President of the STDCM said that the conflict is not between the tribal and non-tribal, Hindu and Christian or minority Vs. majority as reported in some sections of media. He said that the root of the presence crisis is due to the government action for eviction of those encroached from the reserved forest areas, war on drugs and drive against poppy plantations and illegal migrants, demand for implementation of the NRC, and the attempt for creation of a separate Kuki state. He said that the Kuki community took advantage of the High Court order in connection with the demand of the ST for Meitei to spark violence in the state.
The STDCM team apprised the CPI delegation to help in driving out the Chin-Kuki narco-terrorists from the soil of Manipur and to urge both the center and the state government to end this violence.
The CPI delegation assured to provide all assistance in finding a lasting solution to the ongoing situation. He however told the STDCM to ponder on why the double-engine government is not trying to resolve the ongoing conflict.