The Indigenous Tribal Leader's Forum (ITLF) has called for an 8 hour-bandh in Churachandpur district on Friday from 8 am to 4 pm in view of the government’s failure to heed to its demands and requests on various issues.
In a release, the ITLF said that they had submitted several memoranda to the government of Manipur to voice their grievances and apprehensions (about the survey carried out by the government) pertaining to Reserve Forests/Protected Forest Wetlands/Wildlife and the eviction of villages.
“It also pained our sentiments that the government has demolished Churches and has absolutely no consideration and respect for something which is deeply sacred to those of us following the Christian faith,” added the release.
Even after repeated memorandums, the government has shown no signs of willingness, no sincerity to address the plight of the people nor has it shown any contrition with regard to this, the ITLF said.
So, in light of the situation the ITLF has heeded the cry of the people and to show our dejection and dissatisfaction with the unlawful activities of the Government of Manipur, the ITLF is compelled to resort to non-cooperation of all government-related programmes and call for a total shutdown in the district on April 28l, 2023 (Friday) from 8 am to 4 pm, it stated.
The ITLF has appealed to the general public to extend their support and cooperation.
Though the release does not mention it, it may be worth mentioning that the total shutdown on Friday coincides with CM Biren’s visit to New Lamka to inaugurate an Open Gym at PT Sports Complex and attend the 1st anniversary Celebration of the MLA of Churachandpur AC.