All set for Unity Day observation
– urges for no disturbance
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 17, 2018: The Great June Uprising, Unity Day observation committee is all set to observe the unity day tomorrow at Kekrupat in Imphal East.
The observation committee has appealed all not to disturb the June 18 observation. It urges the people of Manipur to participate in the occasion by refraining from daily duties.
In the meantime, t has been reported that the United Naga Council has imposed 12-hour bandh along the national and district highways in “Naga areas” in Manipur on June 18, demanding early settlements of Naga political issues.
Every year the United Committee, Manipur (UCM), and the All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (Amuco) observes Great June Uprising, Unity Day on June 18 to commemorate people’s uprising on this day in 2001 against declaration of the NSCN (I-M)’s ceasefire ‘without any territorial limit’ by the then NDA government at the Centre.
Sunil Karam, president of UCM and the chairman of the Great June Uprising, Unity Day observation committee in a press held here said, “This is the 17th Great June Uprising, Unity Day which will be observed tomorrow at Kekrupat by paying floral tribute to the 18 great souls who sacrificed their lives for the integrity of state. The day will be observed with a public meeting at this site where the bodies 18 persons were cremated.”
The June uprising was triggered when people together agitated against the 2001 declaration with the objective to preserve the territorial integrity of the state. On June 18 agitators set ablaze the Manipur Assembly and residence of political leaders alleging that the central government took the decision in the interest of only one community, said Sunil.
On July 27, same year, the words ‘without any territorial limit’ were removed from the declaration. Even so, the cease-fire has been seen to have extended in Manipur as the NSCN-(I-M) operates in Manipur. “Still the integrity of Manipur is insecure,” Sunil added.
The Naga peace talk that began in 1997 has been threatening against the integrity of Manipur. While the disclosure of the Framework Agreement signed in August 2015 has created apprehension of challenge to the state’s integrity the April statement of interlocutor R.N. Ravi has added fuel to the apprehension, he added.
President of Amuco and vice-chairman of the observation committee, Ph. Devan said, “Manipur can be saved by Manipur people only and not by the government of India”, “The government of India had tried different times to break Manipur. But the 33 communities of Manipur have been together saving the state. After Manipur was annexed by India the territorial integrity has been threatened, created enmity among the communities with its divide and rule policy of India government. Ahead of the annexation the hill and people together safeguarded Manipur.”
“The government of India is creating enmity among us to kill one another. Why separate talks for Naga, for Kuki or Meitei? Why can’t there be talk with all the Manipuri communities to solve the issues of Manipur? The observation on June 18 is an observation by all the communities in Manipur against the India government’s attempt to create enmity among us,” added Devan.
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