Monday, February 6, 2023

Mnp cops foil demonstration demanding abrogation of SoO with Kuki militants


Amidst campaign demanding for the abrogation of suspension of operation (SoO) truce with some Kuki based armed groups, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, on Thursday, said that the state government has conveyed the matter to the Central government.
People’s Alliance for Peace and Progress, Manipur (PAPPM) recently wrote to the government of India and Manipur government to abrogate the tripartite SoO agreements they signed with Kuki National Organisation (KNO)/Kuki National Army (KNA) and Zomi Revolutionary Organisation (ZRO)/Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA), citing a plethora of reasons including separatist agenda, involvement in poppy cultivation, promotion of influx, leaders of foreign origin/nationality, threat to national security etc. The chief minister who responded to a query from reporters over the matter on the sideline of a function, said the matter has been conveyed to the Centre.
Singh said that the demand was actually not abrogation of the SoO but exclusion of the non-Indian citizens from being part of the SoO agreement.
“I have conveyed the matter to the Central government,” he said.
Meanwhile, a demonstration planned by a group of womenfolk to press for immediate withdrawal of the SoO agreement was foiled on Thursday by the police in Imphal West district. The womenfolk, including women vendors, who converged at Kwakeithel Bazar in Imphal West district to stage the demonstration, were dispersed by a police team that arrived and ransacked the site around 11 am.
The police alleged that the womenfolk were planning to carry out the demonstration without prior permission from the concerned district magistrate as the entire district was under section 144 of CrPC.
When the womenfolk attempted to continue their demonstration, additional police force including female personnel arrived at the site and dispersed them after a brief heated exchange of words.
Talking to reporters, a woman leader said that they planned to stage the protest as a part of campaign to withdraw SoO agreement with the Kuki based militant groups.
She alleged that taking advantage of the SoO, these militant groups were importing foreign nationals from the neighbouring countries to settle in the state.
Being led by foreigners, these militant groups were promoting an influx of immigrants into the state. The influx of foreigners in the state was so alarming that the population of Kuki in the state was near to an explosion, she alleged.
The demands raised by these militant groups should not be considered as they were led by foreigners and carried hidden agendas like disintegration of Manipur, she added.

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