UCM demands renewed pledge
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 04: Taking serious note of mounting tension clouding Manipur due to presence of designated camps of the NSCN (IM) within the State, United Committee Manipur demanded that all the MLA and MP make public declaration on protecting territorial integrity of Manipur.

Reminding of UCM having cautioned the public and the State Government of the NSCN (IM) setting camps at some places in Manipur inspite of both the Central and State authorities denying the fact, the body questioned in what term would the Government interpret recent development between the NSCN (IM) and the Assam Rifles in Ukhrul district.

Casting suspicion upon the Central and State Governments of whether the ceasefire is informally extended to Manipur the UCM regretted that impasse between the UG group and AR had not only renewed tension in the Manipur society but many Ukhrul villagers have to abandon their homes fearing violent reprisals.

Accusing the MLAs and MPs of Manipur who had stamped their signatures in approval of Greater Nagaland agenda of the NSCN (IM) for the upheaval, the UCM reminded the legislators of public wrath during the June 18, 2001 uprising and warned them not to provoke similar consequences through their irresponsible conduct.

While the people of Manipur heartily welcome the ongoing peace talks between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) any threat posed to the integrity of Manipur would not be tolerated, said the UCM in a press statement which further maintained that continued threat to the people might lead to denouncing the peace talks.

On displacement of Ukhrul villagers from their homesteads the body demanded that State Government take immediate step to prevent innocent villagers endure hardships caused by administrative lapses and failure to avert escalation of tension in time.

Asking all the political parties to seriously ponder upon the matter rather than indulge in propaganda that could further complicate the situation UCM also accused BJP Manipur Pradesh President Th Chaoba of attempting to gain political mileage.