People committee cautions government against Naga peace talk result

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Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 7, 2018: United Committee Manipur (UCM) has cautioned Manipur government that UCM and people are prepared to launch stringent agitations against the members in the government demanding for a special Manipur Assembly Session to discuss on Framework Agreement and Naga peace talk.

UCM denounced the ruling members accusing them for not discussing the issue in the House by expressing their opinion to apprise to the Union government. It asked the government why the recently held monsoon season failed to discuss on the issue when the state’s integrity is in trouble.

Members of voluntary organisations under the united committee on Tuesday stormed at the residences of deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar, MAHUD, forest and environment minister Th. Shyamkumar and works power and industries minister Th. Bishwajit Singh and served ultimatum copies.

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Police stopped the storming demonstrators and allowed representatives to submit the memorandum copies to the ministers’ residences in Imphal.

The ultimatum demanded to take a resolution in the House to press the Union home minister for exact answer to the outcome of the Naga peace talk.

Ph.Sakhi, president of Aapunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (a women organisation) said, “People have been told there is nothing in the framework agreement that was signed between the India government and the NSCN (I-M) on August 3, 2015. But it has started revealing contents that would affect the integrity of Manipur.”

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“Now time has come for Manipur to blaze up. Extension of Article 371 (A) beyond Nagaland and to Manipur with the motive to integrate Naga inhabited areas will create chaos in the state where different communities inhabited. Manipur Assembly should immediately take a resolution over the issue. Inviting bloodshed in Manipur to appease NSCN (I-M) is unacceptable. Manipur should not be disintegrated,” she added.

“We strongly oppose to the attempt of the India government to break the integrity of multi-community which has been living together in the state since 2000 years”, “The state Assembly should take a resolution and appraise the sentiment of people against possible outcome of the Framework Agreement,” said R.K. Sanahanbi, a volunteer.

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Civil society organisations including UCM have been opposing against details recently shared by the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace process R.N. Ravi to settle the Indo-Naga peace talks providing a “special status” according to Article 371 (A) of the Constitution.

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