Thoubal body resolves to file PIL against ANSAM
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 26: Amid several bodies making fervent appeal to ANSAM to lift the ongoing economic blockade United Development Assn, Khangabok (Thoubal) district stated that it will file a public interest litigation (PIL) against the student body.

Contending that the ANSAM agitation is violation of Right to Life and un- dermining the Supreme court verdict to honour the constitutional right, the Khangabok body informing of necessary process to file the PIL in Imphal branch of the Gauhati High Court also questioned rationale of dictating terms to Govt of Manipur on talks venue.

Kuki Students' Organisation highlighting impact of the current blockade up-on the common people asserted that it has been �compelled' to appeal to ANSAM to withdraw the agitation on humanitarian grou- nd.

A KSO statement observed that declaration of June 18 as State Holiday had been hurriedly done by the Govt thereby causing alienation and mistrust amongst communities settled in multi-ethnic Manipur.

Contending that no particular community could claim as protector of Manipur's integrity the student organisation desired that contribution of all the communities inhabiting in the State should have been reflected in the declaration.

It also reminded that after annexation of Manipur by the british the Kukis waged war for three year (1917-19) to retain control of hill areas of Manipur with heavy casualties on either side.

Highlighting such conditions in social structure of the State the KSO reiterated its compulsion in appealing to ANSAM to lift the blockade in the interest of all th communities living in Manipur.

On the other hand, sharing its views on the prevailing situation arising out of the current ANSAM agitation, Meetei national Front pointed out that mere appeal to the Naga student body without understanding the core issue would be akin to ignoring sentiment of the Naga community.

Besides interpreting ANSAM's demand as reflection of naga people's concept of prolonged suppression MNF suggested that rather than attempt to subdue aspiration of the Nagas time has come for the majority Meeteis to exhibit maturity and sacrificial spirit.

Calling upon all concerned to exercise maximum restrain and refrain from emotional outburst which could complicate the situation, MNF expressed that display of unity among the Meetei organisations is more crucial to win confidence of the hill people.

Mere lip service and patriotic zeal conveyed through the media would lead to nowhere as ground reality prevalent in the Manipuri society today epitomises yawning differences in action and agenda, MNF lamented.

Appreciating positive response from ANSAM to hold talks, the body desired that Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh consult organisations concerned to arrive at a definite conclusion on final decision of the majority community so that negotiations end on positive note.

Equal responsibility should be shouldered by elders/leaders of valley and hill areas so that the present impasse do not become fodder for divisive forces to strain age-old relationships among the people, MNF added.

Other bodies joining the lift-blockade chorus highlighting inconveniences faced by the general public and at the same time cautioning the Government against revoking the june 18 declaration are All Manipur Farmers' Development Association (Sanjenthong), All Manipur Unemployed Organisation (Babupara), Nongpok Ningthou-Panthoibi Development Committee (Keirao Bitra), Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (Hojai, Assam), Apunba Meira Paibee Lup (Nagaon district) and Tentha Youth Development Organisation.