Manipur sold away by a weak Chief Minister: UCM
Source: Manipur Mail

Imphal, October 09: The United Committee Manipur has decided to call a mass protest till 6 pm of October 12 for releasing the 13 NSCN(IM) cadres by the state government after taking a Cabinet decision.

The UCM today demanded that the centre should clarify if the ceasefire between the government of India and NSCN(IM) is informally extended to Manipur.

If it is extended then it should ask the NSCN (IM) to stop extortion and carrying out of unlawful activities in Manipur.

The UCM Spokesperson Yumnamcha Dilipkumar today said the centre should give an assurance that the talks will not affect the territorial integrity of Manipur.

If the demands are not fulfilled by October 13 the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and his Cabinet colleagues will be declared as anti national he further said.

It lastly said if the government does not call off the curfew imposed in Greater Imphal areas public curfew will be announced by the United Committee Manipur.

The NSCN(IM) cadres had been given a free hand it was alleged.

Prior information was given to the government about the October 8 meeting however nothing was done by the state government to preempt the meeting.

They could have been stopped at Mao.

Equal treatment should be given to all the UCM demanded.

Manipur has been sold away by a weak Chief Minister he alleged.

The Chief Minister has failed to maintain law and order and he meekly surrendered it was charged.

The release amid fanfare and reception as heroes and the VIP treatment extended to the 13 cadres were condemned.

The people of Manipur can not be sold off UCM further observed.

The government should be responsible for any eventuality he said.

The UCM supports all steps to develop Manipur but it is against any move to disintegrate it he further observed.

UCM appealed to all to act responsibly.

The Spokesperson refused to spell out the action plans.

He said the steps taken up by the government would be observed and appropriate steps taken up.

The People's Students' Front today said carrying of arms is banned under the Arms Act and releasing anybody for breaking the law even on the request of the Prime Minister of the Deputy Prime Minister is a wrong step the PSF today pointed out during a press conference.

The Ibobi government is concerned about the chair not of the people it said.

The assurances of the government of India can not be trusted as the actions convey a different message.

The central forces did not do anything.

They allowed free movement of the NSCN(IM) cadres though they were carrying arms and ammunitions it observed.

Even when the student activists are released the government always release them on bail.

There is a system it reminded.

Everything has been violated when the NSCN(IM) cadres were released.

The PSF will boycott the Chief Minister and the Cabinet ministers who took a decision to release the 13 militants it said.

Meanwhile curfew was relaxed today from 8 am to 6 pm.

Curfew will remain till 3 am tomorrow.

Hectic activities were observed today at the market as people resorted to a buying spree expecting trouble in the next few days.

Immediately after 6 pm all went inside their houses.