Expressing anguish over the authorities’ failure to resolve the crisis even after four months, several menfolk on Sunday staged a sit-in demonstration demanding authorities to wake up from their long slumber and swiftly stop the mayhem which has brought only misery and suffering to the people.
The sit-in was staged at Naorem Leikai Lai Shumang under the banner ‘Leingakpasing Meekap Thoklo Ema Leibak Kallasi’.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the protest, Naharol Yaiphakol, Naorem Leikai secretary Naorem William expressed disappointment over central and state authorities’ failure to stop the turmoil in Manipur even after four months.
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“There has been no sincere initiative from both authorities to properly stop the crisis. The killings, arson and sufferings of displaced people has not triggered any sort of rush in the government’s measures,” he said.
He highlighted that numerous protests, agitations and rallies had been conducted to stop the violence and restore normalcy in the state but the authorities have completely disregarded all the demands.
“At this juncture, the men cannot remain silent anymore and as such, the sit-in has been staged to initiate a collective movement of Meitei men to discuss and map out a strategy to slither out of the crisis,’ he said.
He questioned if the authorities were waiting for more bloodshed in the state and added if the crisis had turned the legislatures deaf and mute.
“What are they still doing? Are they waiting for more suffering? Is it not the right time for them to unite?” he asked.