Reiterating the demand to resolve the current issue without infringement on the territorial integrity of Manipur, people continued to stage sit-in protests at several locations across the Imphal valley on Monday.
Protest were held at various locations, including Sekta Mayai Leikai community hall, Keibi Lousangkhong community hall, Laipham Khunou, Kongpal Irangpham Thongkhong, Top Khongangkhong and many more.
Members of Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) also took part in the protests at several locations.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the protests, COCOMI convenor Jeetendra Ningomba asserted that the tension would not cool down unless an open dialogue involving stakeholders of all communities in Manipur was conducted.
He emphasised the need for a united vision to steer the state in the right path and stated that such a vision was vital in protecting and safeguarding the idea of a united Manipur.
He pointed out that all politicians, regardless of political principles, should strive to protect the integrity of Manipur.
Not only the politicians, it is essential for people from all walks of the society to do their part in upholding the unity of Manipur, he added.
Meanwhile, Ksherimayum Mamta devi, a protestor at Kongpal Irangpham Thongkhong, questioned why authorities concerned had been silent on the whole development which took place since the eruption of the conflict on May 3.
“The 10 MLAs along with the suspected militants have taken an opportune moment using their victim card and pushed for a separate administration for Kukis leaving others tribal communities in awe; what is the state government doing to tackle this sly political axing?” she added.
She questioned if the government was waiting for a blood bath before they took any initiative.
As such, she called upon people of all communities who cherish the ideals of a united Manipur to collectively strive and fight against this separatist movement.
“No vested individuals can shatter the territorial integrity and unity of Manipur,” she said.
Placards reading Go Back Chin Kuki separatist foreigners, stop illegal immigration, Implement NRC among others were held during the sit-ins.
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