Federation of Civil Society organisations (FOCS) on Wednesday strongly objected to the proposed mass burial of Kukis supposedly killed in the conflict at the State Sericulture office complex in Torbung Bangla, Bishnupur district on August 3.
FOCS called upon all civil bodies, local groups and the people of all communities in Manipur to swarm the Torbung area and protest against the planned burial at the Torbung Bangla.
Speaking to the media at the FOCS office, Imphal, president of the federation Th Manihar lambasted the authorities concerned for remaining mute spectators to Kuki miscreants claiming government land for the mass burial.
“Even the solicitor general of India Tushar Mehta had opined that most of the unclaimed dead lying in morgues across Manipur were infiltrators who came with a particular design and got killed. For the authorities to disregard this assertion and instead remain silent on the mass burial at Torbung Bangla suggests if vested agendas are involved,” he said.
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If this claim is true, then this issue is not an internal one but an act of external aggression against India, he added.
He stated that mass burial of such alleged infiltrators would not be allowed anywhere in Manipur and cautioned that the state government, Churachandpur deputy commissioner and superintendent of Police would be held accountable for any untoward incidents if ‘anyone’ attempts to forcefully conduct the mass burial.
He also decried the inaction of the state government in properly deploying the Manipur Rifles and Indian Reserve Battalion in Moreh as they have remained stuck at Tengnoupal for nearly five days.
“If it had been in Imphal, mobs would have been dispersed by mindlessly firing tear gas shells but they are silent in Tengnoupal, and the state government is not ordering them to break the mob,” he alleged.
He further questioned if authorities are intentionally delaying the deployment to materialise the separate administration for the Kuki community.
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