Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) coordinator Jeetendra Ningomba on Monday raised serious concerns that villagers in peripheral areas of the state are still living under panic and fear as they are continually threatened by some Kuki armed militants under SoO, amid the efforts undertaken by the COCOMI to restore normalcy in Manipur.
Jeetendra was speaking to the media at its head office located at Uripok Yambem Leikai, Imphal West.
People are questioning why the government has not been able to confine all the Kuki militants who are under SoO at their respective designated camps, he said.
Incidents of attacking and threatening of villagers have been increasing in the past few days, he further said, recalling the bullet injury of some persons at two different places of Singda Kadangband and Moidangpok area on Sunday night.
On Monday, some armed miscreants threatened the women market vendors not to open their shops at Tribal Market in New Checkon which is located at the heart of the city, he said. The locals are going through panic following the incident, he added.
Jeetendra said the government should declare those armed miscreants as terrorists, and the Kuki militants should be immediately removed from SoO agreement.
He further asserted that the people of the state have been demanding for protection from the armed Kuki militants who are under SoO; however, the Central government remained as silent spectators so far, he added.
Some protesters are also blocking the highways to stop the transportation of essential commodities in connection with the ongoing communal clash, he said. “COCOMI questions why the government is not able to control the situation,” he said.
COCOMI along with the people might be compelled to take intensified steps if the government fails to take further necessary steps in order to bring peace and harmony in the state, he added.