Rally, sit-in-protest held at tadubi

Effigy of O. Ibobi Singh CM of Manipur targeted with spears by Nagas
Effigy of O. Ibobi Singh CM of Manipur targeted with spears by Nagas
Rally, sit-in-protest held at tadubi
TADUBI (MAO GATE), MAY 24: Angered over the non-withdrawal of the State security forces from Naga areas by Manipur Government, thousands of Mao-Nagas today took to the streets of Tadubi, near Mao Gate,
in a public rally. They also raised an effigy of Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh and targeted it with spears made of bamboo as protest against the killing of the two Naga boys besides injuring over 80 people and committing atrocities upon innocent public at Mao Gate on May 6 last.
Taking up the symbolic traditional protest against Ibobi, Mao-Naga men folk rallied through Tadubi town holding placards and converged at the public ground where they performed Rodzü Kaphi (piercing of effigy), which is reportedly a serious traditional religious practice usually performed by the Mao Nagas to eliminate or eradicate evil elements that disturb social harmony. The piercing was led by an elder of the village after denouncing the Ibobi government and the brute forces deployed at Mao Gate.
The processionists held placards demanding that the Manipur forces go from ‘Nagalim’ and termed the Manipur forces as ‘state sponsored terrorists’. Also stating that Nagas want ‘peace not war’, they urged the Manipuris to live as good neighbours while also cautioning the Meiteis from suppressing the democratic rights of the Nagas.
Later, addressing the media, Mao Council General Secretary Kapani, Member Publicity Wing S. Loli Mao and Heni said since Ibobi had sent his armed forces in the Naga areas and brutally killed two innocent students and this ritual is performed to caste away the evil designs of the Manipur Government.
Maintaining that Ibobi was trying to sabotage the right to existence of the Naga people, they appealed to the Manipur government to rethink over its cabinet decision so that Nagas right to existence is upheld.
They also called upon other right thinking organization to look into the rights of the Naga people and pressurise the Naga Government of India and Government of Manipur to bring about amicable solution to the problem.
The Mao Council leaders also said Nagas and Meiteis are different entities and they can never live together and it will be nice if Meiteis understand the plight of the Naga people and live as good neighbours.
They maintained that unless the Manipur forces and commandos are withdrawn the unrest would continue in the Naga areas.
NSF tribunal member Kapani Krichena and Mao Students’ Union President Lokho were also present during the press conference.
Meanwhile, the chain of prayer organized by Mao Women Council praying for peace and early settlement of the Indo-Naga political problem at Mao Gate parking entered the seventh day today.
Mao Naga Women Welfare Association, K. Matia has informed that from tomorrow onwards the chain of prayer would be held in the respective Mao villages till June 9, 2010.

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