Mani airs anti-Jun 18 declaration stand to PM
Source: The Sangai Express

Kohima, July 11 (NNN): Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency MP Mani Charenamei today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to highlight the situation arising out of the economic blockade imposed by the All Naga Students' Association, Manipur to protest the decision of the State Government to declare June 18 as State Integrity day and State holiday as well.

Speaking to Newmai News Network on phone from New Delhi today, the MP said that he made it clear that the decision to declare June 18 as State Integrity day was taken only in the interest of the valley people and is against the interest of the hill people.

Such partisan conduct of the Government of Manipur has left the hill people disillusioned and they no longer want to live in Manipur, informed Charenamei to the Prime Minister and asked the latter to do the needful.

Quoting his presentation to the Prime Minister, the MP said that it was on June 18 that the National flag was burnt and scores of Government offices including the State Assembly were burnt down.

In view of this, June 18 should be declared a Black Day instead of a State holiday.

The MP also said that he put it to the Prime Minister that the SPF Government is no longer there for all the people of Manipur but is representing the interest of only one community.

Charenamei is also scheduled to meet Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Naga Hoho today convened an emergency meeting at Kohima attended by different civil societies to discuss the situation arising out of the imposition of the indefinite economic blockade imposed by ANSAM.

Representatives from the Naga Hoho, United Naga Council, Naga Students' Federation, Naga Peoples' Movement for Human Rights, Naga Women's Union, Manipur and ANSAM took part in the meeting.

Several points and agenda were discussed at the meeting.

During the meeting, the Naga Hoho president said that till date they have only been supporting the economic blockade of ANSAM but will now seriously study the option of taking a part in the agitation.

NPMHR also denounced the use of force by the State Government.

After the meeting a resolution was adopted for all Naga NGOs to intensify the ongoing stir.

Our Staff Reporter adds: With the police launching a man hunt for student organisations deemed to be close to ANSAM following the torching of Government offices at four hill districts as well as the imposition of the indefinite economic blockade on the two National Highways since June 19, the student body has strongly condemned the action of the Government.

According to reliable sources, a police team raided the houses of student leaders of the Zeliangrong Students' Union at Tamenglong at about 2 am.

However there is no report of any arrest.

President of the ZSU, Namdingpao Kamei while speaking to The Sangai Express said that the action of the police is highly abhorrent and added that the student body condemns the drive launched to arrest them.

On the announcement of the Chief Minister that NH-53 would be opened to traffic within July to neutralise the economic blockade on NH-39, the student leader mockingly wished the efforts of the Govt all success.

However no efforts would be spared to stop movement of goods on NH-53 during the economic blockade, added Kamei.

General secretary of ANSAM Robert T Maram also strongly condemned the drive launched to arrest student activists by the police.

Our Chandel correspondent adds: The All Naga Students' Association, Manipur and Naga Students' Union, Chandel have strongly opposed the deployment of additional security forces at Chandel to check the activities of the blockade supporters.

Strongly decrying the tactics employed by the Government to suppress their movement, education, social and cultural secretary of ANSAM, Pheiray informed this correspondent that if the Government persists with its policies of using force instead of trying to work out an amenable solution, the students will not back off but will only intensify the stir.