The Coordinating Committee of Clubs and Meira Paibis of South Eastern Manipur along with Nongpok Lallup, Meitrabak took out a massive ‘Peace Rally Against Illegal Immigrants in Manipur’ at Thoubal District Headquarters on Saturday.
The mass rally participated by lakhs of protesters began around 11 am at Thoubal Haokha along National Highway 102 to Thoubal DC office complex at Thoubal Athokpam.
Demanding deportation of illegal immigrants from Manipur, the protesters submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, home minister, Manipur governor and chief minister through the Thoubal deputy commissioner Ahanthem Subash.
The protesters displayed slogans which read, ‘Don’t break the territorial integrity of Manipur,’ ‘Separate Kuki Homeland cannot be given in Manipur’ and ‘Implement NRC in Manipur’.
Coordinating Committee of Clubs and Meira Paibis of South Eastern Manipur convenor Yaiphaba Sapam alleged that the prevailing communal clash was instigated by illegal immigrants who had been planning the attack for 40 years.
“The Kuki militants are still continuing their onslaught to the Meitei villages unabated. 10 Kuki MLAs have demanded a separate administration disregarding the territorial integrity of Manipur with an intent to permanently cut ties with the indigenous communities of the state,” he said.
It condemned the alleged inactivity of the union and state government while many innocent civilians are still suffering. The mass rally was organised to draw the immediate attention of the authorities concerned, he added.
The protesters also submitted a memorandum demanding the deportation of illegal immigrants from Manipur to the Prime Minister, home minister, Manipur governor and CM through the Thoubal DC Ahanthem Subash.
The memorandum drew the authorities’ attention to the influx of illegal immigrants in the state; the onset of the communal clash and the onslaught of the Kuki militants.
It demanded the protection of the Manipur territorial integrity; deportation of illegal Kuki immigrants from Manipur; denial of Kuki homeland and separate administration in the state; implementation of NRC in the state; inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the ST list; implementation of ILP base year 1951.
It further demanded immediate intervention of the union and state government to end the prevailing communal clash and restore normalcy in the state; authorities to take necessary actions against the 10 Kuki MLAs; replacement of DGP; identification and removal of Myanmar based Kuki militant People Defence Force (PDF).
It also demanded suspension of SoO agreement with Kuki militants followed by necessary legal actions; implementation of National Highway Protection Force; removal of poppy plantation and cultivation from the state and identification of Reserved Forest; and Protected Forest areas.
Later, the protesters observed a sit-in protest at Thoubal Haokha Lampak in which many experts’ speeches were delivered.