Imphal: Accusing the Manipur government of ignoring the pain and suffering and sidelining the sentiment of the people, the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), the umbrella body of major civil society organizations in Manipur, announced ‘social boycott’ of the state government.
Since the violence began on May 3, a large number of security personnel have been deployed at every corner of the state. However, despite heavy deployment of those central security personnel, around hundred houses belonging to Meiteis were bulldozed at Torbung Bangla by over seven thousands Kuki people on Saturday. Moreover three civilians were mercilessly murdered using daggers and automatic rifles at Kwakta Lamkhai inside their own houses, which is one of the darkest periods in history, Jitendra Ningombam, Coordinator, COCOMI, said while speaking to media persons here on Saturday.
Jitendra said the people of Manipur through its mass rally held on 29 July requested the state government to convene a special Assembly session to discuss the present crisis and integrity of Manipur on or before 5 August. He said after the mass rally, three decisions were taken that include that the present crisis was created by narco terrorism which should be abolished immediately, there should be no separate administration under any circumstances and National Register of Citizens (NRC), an exercise to identify illegal immigrants and deport them should be immediately applied to Manipur.
In the midst of this violence and against the aspiration of people, some ethnic groups were objecting to the special Assembly session, which is very unfortunate, Jitendra said.
Despite putting tremendous pressure from the public, the state government was refusing to hold the special session, which is total disregard of the public sentiment and crisis. Therefore, her said, the committee and public have decided to boycott the state government until and unless their demands are met.