In view of the escalating crisis in Manipur since Wednesday, the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Thursday submitted a memorandum to Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey, seeking the Union government's intervention to ease the prevailing situation.
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Okram Ibobi, MPCC president K Meghachandra along with other party officials submitted the memorandum on Thursday.
Speaking to mediapersons outside Raj Bhavan after submitting the memorandum, O Ibobi said the memorandum had been submitted in view of the hostile situation brewing in Manipur at the moment.
The Manipur CLP leader stated that the MPCC has urged the governor to intervene and rein in the situation. He pointed out that the MPCC had appealed to the governor to dispense necessary measures swiftly to restore normalcy in the state.
"We urged the governor to relay the same to the union government and take whatever measures possible before the matter spills out of proportion," Ibobi said.
He stated that since the situation is fragile and state police manpower outnumbered, additional Central forces personnel needed to be deployed immediately.
Prevalence of mob vandalism incited by different groups is the main issue which needs to be tackled at the outset, the CLP leader added.
Ibobi also appealed to people of Manipur to stay calm and not be swayed by unverified rumours and provocations.
"This is not a matter of ruling and opposition; there is no political mileage which exceeds the lives of innocent people," he said.
As such, he urged the union government to assist the Manipur government in stabilizing the situation and douse the flamatory issue before it is too late.
Meanwhile, MPCC president K Meghachandra stated that the memorandum had been submitted since the state government had failed to take appropriate measures.
"The memorandum is a call for immediate help to the Central government; to deploy necessary additional forces and dispense other necessary steps to restore peace in Manipur," he said.
He expressed concern that situation might slip out of hand if the central government failed to act swiftly.
"Mob vandalism, clashes between groups, torching of numerous houses and rising number of casualities; the situation has taken a horrific turn which could prolong the state's turmoil as central intervention is vital," he said.