Thoubal and Kakching District Apunba Lup (TAKDAL) on behalf of the Senior citizens of Thoubal and Kakching districts submitted a memorandum listing a charter of demands to the President of India through the deputy commissioner, Thoubal district, Manipur on Saturday.
The memorandum was submitted during a silent peace rally and public meeting at Khongjom War Memorial Complex, Kheba Ching, Thoubal district. The peace rally was carried out by the Senior citizens of Thoubal and Kakching district demanding to give peace a chance in Manipur, wake up leaders and let’s save our motherland, from Khongjom keithel till the foothill of Kheba, Khongjom on Saturday.
The charter of demands listed in the memorandum are to detect and deport all the illegal migrants from the state of Manipur, the territorial integrity and boundary of Manipur must, at all cost be protected and preserved, provide proper settlement for the homeless and displaced people at their original residential places, more determined and forceful effort must be exerted to destroy the poppy plantation in any part of Manipur and for the protection of forest land, restore peace and rejuvenate coexistence and all necessary step must be taken up for the safe passage of essential commodities along the two national highways of Manipur.
Lastly, it appealed to the Prime Minister of India to kindly consider the above charter of demand and take up urgent action in the larger interest of the people of Manipur.
Thousands of elderly people from the two districts took part in the rally organised by (TAKDAL). They honoured the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to save the territorial integrity of the state during the violence by paying floral tributes at Khongjom river.
One protestor Pujari strongly condemned the government for failing to conclude the ongoing ethnic violence which led to the loss of several lives and encouraged the womenfolk who have been on vigil to save their villages and the state.
TAKDAL Co- Ordinator Th Lenin alleged that the leaders have been counting the number of deaths of the violence instead of trying to find a solution for the ethnic violence which has completed five months. He said that the elderly people of the state have now come out to protest against the violence as they cannot sit back and watch the people of the state suffer.
Placards which read, ‘Youthful Patriotism though aged’, ‘Our days are nearly Over,want peace in future for our children’, ‘Leaders,it is time to open your eyes’ were displayed during the protest.