Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) on Tuesday urged the Central government to hand over unified command to the state chief minister who was democratically elected by the people.
SSUM, in a release, reflected on the last five years where peace and cordial relations existed among the various communities in the state and added that the Centre must be aware of the same.
However, the public tranquillity was disrupted at the beginning of the 2nd term by the narco-terrorist Kuki militants, who allegedly incited violence in an attempt to malign the image of the democratic government, it asserted.
It is a collective responsibility of the state government and the public to preserve and protect the forest lands, identify illegal immigrants and curb drug menace in the state, the Union maintained.
It expressed dissatisfaction over the removal of the Chief Minister from the leadership of the unified command, the one person who made all-out efforts to carry out said activities in the interest of the people.
The prevailing violence in the state is a war deliberately waged against the government’s war on drugs and move to conserve forest lands, it alleged. It reiterated its appeal for restoration of the unified command to the Chief Minister for resolving the ongoing crisis in a timely manner.
It called upon everyone to set aside political differences and strive to ensure that the CM regains leadership of the Unified Command.
SSUM will also launch actions along with the public regarding the same, it said. It further mentioned the case of the missing Meitei youths and condemned the slow pace of investigations to trace their whereabouts.