Morning shut down in Imphal City against Manipur “disintegration

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 10, 2018: Cautioning the state government of possible disintegration of Manipur by the final outcome of the peace talk between NSCN-IM when the Naga Framework Agreement content is unveiled to settle the decades long Naga peace talk civil society organisations imposed  half-day shut down strike of business establishments in Imphal City and its surrounding market places, today.

The Framework Agreement was signed between the NSCN-IM and the government of India to settle the Naga issue of formation of a greater Nagaland or otherwise a sovereign state as demanded.

Civil society organisations have been protesting against the statement of interlocutor R.N. Ravi in July that a “special status” will be offered to Naga people by extending Article 371 (A) to Naga inhabited areas including Manipur.

In continuation of the protest against the possible outcome of the Naga accord and at the same time pressing the Centre and state government not to divide the territorial and emotional integrity of Manipur to appease one community, today’s market shut down strike was imposed.

The CSOs have been alleging the Centre for playing divide and rule tactics to create communal chaos and set ablaze Manipur.

The women vendors in the Ima market gave full support to the market closure strike and shouted slogans to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur.

“Our struggle will never end until the state government in the state Assembly session immediately resolves that the state opposes extension of Article 371 (A) to Manipur,” said Leirik Leima, President, Kangla Mei.

 “The Parliament should not declare extension of the Article in Manipur. All political parties in Manipur should oppose it,” she added.

Eight civil society organizations yesterday appealed to all to close down shops, business establishments and market places of Imphal City as well as the surrounding areas of three Uripok, Sagolband and Thangmeiband till noon today, in solidarity with the ongoing protest against extension of Article 371 (A) outside Nagaland.

Chanura Lamchinglel Kangleipak (CLK), Kangleipak Lamjing Apunba Meira Lup or Kanglamei, Kanglei Ima Lup (KIL), All Clubs Organisations and Meira Paibis Lup, Kangleipak (ACOAM-Lup, Kangleipak), Indigenous People’s Association of Kangleipak (IPAK), International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA), People’s Action for National Democratic Movement (PANDM) and Kangleipak Students’ Association at the office of IPAK announced the strike yesterday evening.

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