The Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) on Thursday demanded the government to remove the Assam Rifles from the state, alleging that “they have rendered themselves useless by being mute spectators to the onslaught of the Kuki militants.”
A release issued by COCOMI media coordinator Somorendro Thokchom questioned why the government of India had not taken up any solid actions to resolve the prevailing issue in the state, “even when the SoO Kuki militants have broken the SoO ground rules and openly assaulted and killed innocent civilians.”
It accused the central security forces including the Assam Rifles of encouraging the onslaught of the Kuki militants rather than protecting the civilians, and demanded the withdrawal of the Assam Rifles from the state.
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The COCOMI also demanded the withdrawal of the SoO agreement between the union and state government with the Kuki militants as the Kuki militants have broken the ground rules by attacking innocent civilians.
It urged the remaining 50 MLAs to take a solid stand against the demand for a separate administration by the 10 Kuki MLAs, stating that no separate administration based on ethnic lines can be constituted in Manipur.
It also demanded the immediate implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state.
COCOMI also appealed to the people of Manipur to join the peace rally in their respective localities at 1 pm on May 29 and to submit a memorandum to their respective SDC/SDO/DC.
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