Martyrs remembered, pledge taken to protect boundary

19 June 2017

By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | June 18
No one except the people themselves can guarantee, the integrity of the state that it will not be affected, said E. Johnson during 16th The Great June Uprising, Unity day programme, which was held today Kekrupat, Imphal.
Speaking on the occasion, E Johnson, president of United Committee Manipur (UCM) and vice-chairman of the organising committee, said the day is observed to remember the 18 martyrs.
On this day in 2001 people of Manipur rose as one to protest the declaration of NSCN (IM) cease-fire without territorial limit in Bangkok as a part of the peace talk between Centre and NSCN (IM). In an attempt to control the outrage, security forces resorted to firing in which 18 persons were killed.
Johnson said after the June 18 uprising the content of Framework Agreement which was signed on August 3, 2015 between NSCN (IM) and the Centre is not made public. The Centre might have something against the state as interlocutor R. N. Ravi did not disclose the framework agreement though an RTI application sought details of the agreement under Section 6 of the RTI Act.
To bring everlasting peace and harmony between Nagaland and any other state other Naga militant groups should also be included in the peace talk.
Johnson said if anything comes that affects the integrity or in other ways then another June 18 will come, Johnson warned.
“We should not observe The Great June Uprising, Unity Day only for the remembrance of the 18 martyrs but also to reaffirm our stand against any move to disintegrate Manipur, Johnson pointed out.
The state government should take the initiative to save the integrity of the state as UCM, AMUCO, CCSK and other organisations cannot do all alone.
On the border dispute between Myammar he said if immediate steps are not taken at the earliest, there may be blood sheds between communities living on both sides of the border. So central and state governments should take initiatives in order to solve the issue at the earliest, he added.
Ph. Deban Sharma, president of AMUCO and chairman of observation committee said in the name of combating insurgency AFSPA was introduced in the state. But, central forces harassed women and children by taking the advantage of the act.
He said people have to be cautious against the Framework Agreement as its content is not made known to the public. People need to be united in order to bring peace and harmony. “We should bring a peaceful state without communal crisis among the various ethnic groups of the state,” Deban added.
As part of the programme many political leaders and thousands of people from various ethnic communities paid floral tributes to the martyrs. A voluntary blood donation camp was organised at Kekrupat. Around 200 people donated bloods.
The family members of the martyrs’ were honoured with presentations.


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