Manipur chief minister, Nongthombam Biren Singh Friday said he would apprise the Centre about presence of “unofficial designated camps of NSCN (I-M) in Manipur with hard evidences.”
“We have heard of unofficial designated camps of NSCN (I-M) located in Manipur. If it sure I will take the matter with the Centre,” Biren Singh told reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with Manipur’s titular king, Leishemba Sanajaoba. The camps would be identified first and thereafter produce evidence, with photographs, to the Centre, he said.
He said even though the NSCN (I-M) was engaged in peace talks with the Centre, the government would have to find out as to how unofficial designated camps were allowed to be setup in the state. “Was there any understanding with the state government or whether the state government has the knowledge of it should have to be studied. Only then I will approach the Centre for taking up appropriate action,” he said.
The chief minister stressed on the need to have “emotional integration of all communities in Manipur in order to make the state stronger. For this, he said Meiteis who are in majority, needed to play the big brother role. Biren Singh: “Today, we are proud of being a ‘Manipuri’ who always feels that no one can suppress us. This is because of the kings who ruled in Manipur had protected the territory of Manipur and bestowed their love and affection to all the communities living in Manipur”.
In this regard, he said every citizen of Manipur has to think and act on to protect the state’s integrity rather than uttering venomous words to hurt the sentiments of others. The chief minister appealed to all the citizens of the state to address them as “WE” in place of “I” to usher in unity and communal harmony.