Dimapur JULY 19: United Naga Council (UNC) has reminded the Government of India (GOI) to expedite the process on the tripartite talks for an alternative arrangement outside the Government of Manipur (GoM) and to revoke the imposition of 144 Cr PC as well as remove the communal state forces – Police Commandos and Manipur IRB – from Naga areas to ensure total adherence of the ceasefire ground rules in letter and spirit.
In a letter addressed to the Union Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the UNC president L Adani and the general secretary, Gaidon Kamei, stated that a 24 hour peaceful total bandh in Naga areas was observed with effect from the midnight of July 15 in protest against the highly vitiated situation brought about by the Government of Manipur (GoM) after promulgating Section 144 of Cr.PC in Ukhrul district headquarters in the wake of the killing of one Ngalangzar Malue by unidentified person on July 12. Following the killing, the UNC stated that militarization of Ukhrul town with the deployment of Manipur Police Commandos and the IRBs, who were well known for their notoriety, indiscipline and disregard for human lives and Rights, was demonstrated loud and clear.
It said even after lapse of 5 days, the siege of Ukhrul by the communal state forces continued by disrupting normal life, social functions and church programmes, and creating a war like situation and undermining the democratic rights of the people.
It reminded that hundreds of innocent mainland Indian (non-Meiteis) businessmen had been killed and maimed by valley based undergrounds under the very nose of the Chief Minister of Manipur in the four Imphal valley districts, adding bombings and shootings were routined and even the Chief Minister’s official residence had been attacked 3 times. UNC lamented that in sharp contrast to the Naga areas, the Disturbed Area Act was conveniently lifted from 7 Assembly segments of greater Imphal.
UNC said Nagas in Manipur had declared on the July 1, 2010, to severe all political ties with the GoM as the latter had failed to protect their right to life, land, time-honored institutions, customary practices and values under the administration of the dominant and communal GoM. Consequently, it said the Government of India (GoI) initiated the process of tripartite talk of the GoI, GoM and the United Naga Council (UNC) to address the demand for an alternative arrangement outside the GoM and pending settlement of the Indo-Naga issue.
It said the 7th tripartite talk held on February 6, 2014, agreed that a high powered committee would be instituted by the GoI to translate the demand of alternative arrangement into a political reality. However, it said the GoM spared no efforts to derail the Indo-Naga peace process in the name of maintaining law and order.
While expressing its believe in democratic values in their pursuit for rights and political aspiration, UNC said it would have no option but to take up further democratic civil actions if the above demands were not considered within 5 days time of this submission.