A women’s convention representing 10 localities in Imphal West has called upon the government to withdraw the presence of the 22 Assam Rifles post from Kangchup Chingkhong.
The convention, held on Thursday at Lairenkabi in Imphal West, accused the AR of supporting Kuki militants in the ongoing unrest in Manipur.
The participants, hailing from localities including Lairenkabi, Sanjanbam, Heibongpokpi, Lamlongei, Teraurak, Phayeng, Kangchup Chingkhong, Tairenpokpi, Koutruk, and Sinda Kadangband, have set an ultimatum for the government.
If the Assam Rifles post is not removed by August 15, the localities have announced their intention to launch various forms of agitation from the following day.
After the convention, the participants also took to the streets along the Imphal-Kangchup and staged a potent demonstration against the alleged atrocities committed by the Assam Rifles in the valley districts.
Holding placards bearing slogans such as “We have lost faith in AR,” “Abolish Kuki Narco-Terrorism,” “Save Manipur’s Integrity,” and “Long Live Manipur,” the participants voiced their grievances.
President of Lairenkabi Meira Paibi Ch ongbi Pakpi, while addressing the media, made serious allegations against the 22 AR stationed at Kangchup Chingkhong. She claimed that the presence of the Assam Rifles post posed a significant threat to the safety of nearby villagers due to their alleged collaboration with Kuki militants.
In addition to demanding the withdrawal of the AR post, the convention has also called for stringent actions against the Kuki militants operating in the peripheral areas of the valley, urging their swift removal.