As the sit-in protest continued in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district seeking the Central Government's intervention, the Kuki protesters at Motbung model village on Thursday demanded the Centre to remove Biren Singh as Manipur Chief Minister.
The protest, organized by the Committee on Tribals Unity, Sadar Hills, kicked off on May 22 at Kangpokpi district headquarters seeking the Central Government's intervention to address the problems of the Kuki people with a solution based on the political dialogue between the United People’s Front (UPF), and the Kuki National Organization (KNO) and the governments.
The protesters also raised the demand to immediately remove N Biren Singh as Manipur Chief Minister.
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COTU, Sadar Hills Secretary, L Singsit said that the wide-scale communal violence that erupted under the leadership of N Biren Singh is not only unfortunate but also an unpardonable crime.
He said that the Kukis in particular and the tribals, in general, are surprised why the Centre has not taken any action against CM Biren yet. It is no wonder that CM Biren failed to control the situation in Manipur as he himself is the instigator, he alleged.
He then urged the Centre to immediately take action against Biren and remove him from the chief ministerial post.
An internally displaced scholar from the Manipur University, who participated in the sit-in protest, recalled that none of the Manipur University’s authority and security even attempted to save them when the university was attacked by the mobs on May 3 afternoon.