Five organisations of Khurai area and MMWO demand not to implement article 371(A)
IMPHAL | Aug 9 : Showing opposition against the possible extension of article 371(A) in Naga inhabited areas of Manipur, five organisations of Khurai area jointly staged a silent sit-in-protest today at Khurai Lamlong Market.
Speaking to media personnel, president of Khurai Pana Apunba Singlup, KonsamSarat Singh said that in relation with the framework agreement signed between government of India and NSCN-IM, article 371 (A) must not be extended to Naga inhabitant areas of the state.
The state must find a solution for the issue in the monsoon assembly session minutely which will be held this month. He said if the said article is implemented, the state might be parted into two sections. This could lead to a communal split among ethnic groups of the state, he added.
Khurai Pana Apunba Singlup, Coordinating Body Khurai, Ahongpung Protection Committee, Apunba Nupi Khurai and Lamlong Keithel Phambi Nupi Lup have submitted a joint memorandum to chief minister today.
In the memorandum, it is mentioned that the organisations urged Manipur State Assembly to take a unanimous resolution during special assembly session to be convened on August 16 that similar provision of article 371(A) can never be extended under any circumstances to the so call Naga inhabitant area of Manipur.
On the other hand, pushing their demand that the integrity of Manipur cannot be compromised with the NSCN-IM and GOI’s framework agreement and its possibility of imposing Article 371 (A) in the state, Manipur Muslim Welfare Organization (MMWO) today staged a protest outside Raj Bhavan.
However they were stopped by security forces and their route was diverted to Nupilal Complex. The protestors shouted slogans that ‘Manipur’s integrity should not be compromised.’
President of MMWO, Abdullah Pathan while briefing media persons at the side-lines of the protest, said that their main aim of the protest was to meet governor, Najma Heptullah, as she is the representative of government of India here in the state. “We want to press the governor on the serious issue of the state that state’s integrity should be safeguarded and protected from any divisive elements,” he said.
Abdullah also said that Meitei Pangals will not tolerate with any form or situation that would disintegrate the state, both territorial integrity and administrative integrity, and appealed to give more concern for state’s integrity especially with the on-going peace talk between government.
He also mentioned that a concrete decision be taken by the special assembly session which is due to be held on August 10, to protect state’s integrity so that Article 371 (A) should not be imposed in the state.
Later, three representatives were allowed to meet the highest government official and submitted their memorandum.
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