The Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity has retierated its commitment towards Manipur integrity and launched a protest in Imphal in connection with the ethnic turmoil and the political developments surrounding it.
The COCOMI anounced on Saturday that it would launch a series of democratic agitations starting May 15, at various locations in Imphal and around Imphal and the protests would focus on three demands.
They are: safeguarding the integrity and unity of Manipur, resisting the influx of illegal immigrants through implementation of NRC and to stop the narco-terror acts of SoO Kuki militants.
Speaking to media at Wangkhei, Imphal on Sunday COCOMI member Longjam Ratan expressed suspicion that the demand of the 10 Kuki MLAs may be rooted in the interests of the Kuki militants. We believed that the MLAs are in nexus with the Kuki militants, he added.
“The cowardly act of the 10 MLAs is a direct reflection of the SoO militant’s longstanding demand; their demand has shown that they side with illegal Kuki immigrants,” he said.
He maintained that it was the illegal Kuki immigrants disguising as Kuki people of Manipur which had sparked the whole ethnic debacle and termed the whole eruption of violence as an act of external aggression. Separation and division between the two is vital in this crucial juncture, he added.
Ratan further expressed disappointment with both the Central and state government’s non-responsive attitude to SoO Kuki militants breach of the tripartite agreement and questioned if the government was conspiring with the militants.
“The militants have turned into terrorist but the government is least bothered by the acts of terror against innocent civilians; Manipur is being attacked in different angles – be it border issue or protection of indigenous people,” he said.
He lambasted the government for remaining a mute spectator to the whole situation and reiterated that COCOMI would launch series of agitations along with the people since the government had failed to protect the people and the state.
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