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Imphal women calls for debate on Manipur crisis in Parliament

The Khwairamband Ima Keithel Coordinating Committee for Peace expressed optimism that the newly elected government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would prioritise on the restoration of peace in Manipur.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 24 Jun 2024, 3:25 am

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The Khwairamband Ima Keithel Coordinating Committee for Peace on Saturday called for holding urgent discussions on the prevailing crisis in Manipur during the upcoming Parliament session which is set to begin on June 24. 

The committee, representing the historic Ima market in Imphal, is pressing for a resolution to the escalating violence and unrest in the region.

Addressing the media at the Manipur Press Club, committee, co-convenor Huirom Binodini, expressed optimism that the newly elected government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would prioritise on the restoration of peace in Manipur. 

She emphasised the importance of addressing the crisis without delay to prevent further deterioration of the situation.

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“We have high hopes that the third term of the Modi-led government will bring an amicable solution to restore peace in Manipur,” Binodini stated. 

She also announced that the committee, along with the community of Khwairamband Keithel, plans to stage a sit-in protest in the middle of the keithel (market) on June 24. 

The protest aims to oppose the demands for a separate administration in Manipur, which have been a point of contention and a source of further division, she said. 

The co-convenor further raised concerns about the government's reported plans to conduct mass combing operations to apprehend village volunteers. 

She urged the government to make a thorough distinction between the defenders and aggressors. 

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“The people of Manipur will not allow any mass combing operation to nab the village volunteers, as they are the ones defending against aggression by militants, while security forces remain inactive,” she asserted.

She further disproved the state government's declaration that the ongoing crisis would be resolved within three months, and said it is too long a period to wait. 

“We urge the government to end the crisis within one month,” she demanded.

Showing solidarity and support, the committee announced plans to visit Jiribam district to aid those affected by the ongoing violence. 

Binodini, on behalf of the committee, appealed for monetary support from the people of Manipur to assist the victims in Jiribam.

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