The Manipur state government on Tuesday appealed to COCOMI to stop its move to force open the security barricade at Phougakchao Ikhai which was scheduled to be carried out at Torbung Bangla, Bishnupur district on Wednesday.
COCOMI in a press conference held at its Lamphel office, Imphal West on Tuesday evening announced that they are ready to move to Torbung Bangla on Wednesday for resettlement by pushing the Central forces and barricade at the adjoining area of Bishnupur and Churachandpur district along Tiddim Road.
Meanwhile, IPR Minister S Ranjan told the media at the auditorium of DIPR, Nityaipat Chuthek, Imphal on Tuesday late evening that almost 700 displaced people have started resettling at Torbung Bangla, Bishnupur district.
He appealed to the people and COCOMI to stop its planned demonstration to be conducted on Wednesday. He further announced that the state government is continuing its efforts for resettlement at other places.
Meanwhile, the Women Wing of the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) has asked all women including Khwairamband Keithel and other market women vendors to join in removing the army barricade located at Phougakchao Ikhai, Bishnupur district.
During a press conference held at the committee’s Lamphel office on Tuesday, COCOMI reiterated its demand for the removal of the army barricade located at Phougakchao Ikhai, situated beyond Torbung in the Bishnupur district.
Addressing the press, the committee’s Media Coordinator, RK Tharaksana urged the public to actively participate in a movement scheduled for September 6 at 11:00 am, underlining the significance of community support in their cause.
In a stern message, COCOMI cautioned both the state and central governments, making it clear that they would hold them responsible for any untoward incidents that may arise during the movement.
She highlighted that they had previously set a clear deadline for the relevant authorities to dismantle the barricade, with the deadline set for the end of August.
Regrettably, as of the present date, no action has been taken to address their demand, Tharaksana said.
It may be mentioned that an ultimatum had been issued, setting August 30 as the deadline for the army barricade to be moved from Phougakchao Ikhai to Torbung Wangma by COCOMI.