Co-Ordination Committee Against the Action of Chin-Kuki narcoterrorist and illegal immigrants on Sunday appealed to the people of Manipur to drop Diwali and Ningol Chakouba celebration this year.
The committee urged the people to switch off the courtyard lights at their respective residents for 10 minutes, i.e., from 6 pm to 6.10 pm.
Speaking to the media in Imphal, chairperson of the committee Chana Lembi stated that the committee had made the appeal to show solidarity with those who have suffered and lost their lives in the conflict.
“Diwali is one of the biggest festivals for Hindus across the globe but for the Hindus in Manipur the festive fervour has been doused by the ongoing unrest,” she said.
She called upon the people to extend their empathy for the people who have been directly hit by the ongoing unrest.
“Thousands have been displaced and over hundred people have died in the crisis. The conflict is a dark chapter in the state’s history,” she said.
She further stated that observing the festival in such a manner was also a form of protest to show the central government the devastation and plight which the conflict has pushed the state into.