Protest over Framework Agreement in Imphal
Protestors confronting the police near Kangla in Imphal as they attempt to march towards the chief minister’s bungalow on August 8.
Newmai News Network
Imphal | August 8
A large number of protestors, mostly women, marched towards the chief minister’s bungalow today demanding a “collective decision” in a special Manipur Legislative Assembly session with regard to the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN (IM) and Government of India.
However, police personnel foiled the attempt of the protestors to enter the chief minister’s bungalow at Kangla (opposite Red Shield Division). The protest was carried out under the banner the United Committee, Manipur (UCM).
Women leader Ima Lourembam Nganbi told media persons that “even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi had repeatedly assured that Manipur territorial boundary will not be affected by the result of the Framework Agreement, but still people have apprehension that Article 371(A) is likely to be extended in Manipur that will create a state within the state.”
Nganbi asserted that the government should, instead, pass a bill which can “protect both hills and the valley.”
“We want uniform laws for both the hills and the valley, and not only for the Nagas a special law, so that we can live unitedly and peacefully irrespective of castes, religions and creeds,” she maintained.
The women leader then reiterated that the people of Manipur will not accept any divisive policy of any Central government. “We will stand firm against such policies. The Government of India should give special status for all communities and not only for the Nagas.”
Earlier, the protestors submitted memorandums to Members of Parliament (MPs) Th Meinya (Lok Sabha) and Ksh Bavananda (Rajya SAbha) demanding that they do something that the Framework Agreement does not affect Manipur.
Similar protests have been underway in the past one week in the valley districts of Manipur on the Naga political issue.
Women protest for Manipur integrity
A large number of women also protested in front of the quarters of ministers in Imphal demanding an emergency assembly session so that all the 60 legislators of Manipur Legislative Assembly take a “unanimous resolution to protect Manipur from any form of division”.
The women carried out the campaign under the aegis of All Manipur Clubs Organisation (AMUCO), Committee of Civil Societies of Kangleipak (CCSK), and United Committee Manipur (UCM).
They were confronted by the police as the former attempted to storm the official residences of the ministers this afternoon.
The agitating women leaders said they had submitted memorandums to some ministers, including Works Minister, Th Biswajit, Forest Minister, Th Shyamkumar, Deputy Chief Minister, Y Joykumar in connection with the issue.
Meanwhile, UCM, AMUCO, and CCSK have postponed the proposed August 18 ‘mass rally’, which was planned against the “divisive” policy of the Government of India which is allegedly trying to disintegrate Manipur. The three organizations said this evening that they have decided to postpone the ‘mass rally’ due to some ‘inconveniences’.
They further urged the ruling and the opposition parties not to politicize the issue (Framework Agreement/Manipur protection) but to work together constructively.
The three organizations then requested the ‘concerned authorities’ to urge the higher authorities in New Delhi not to pass anything that is detrimental to the integrity and unity of Manipur.