By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal (Manipur) , Aug 1 : Normal life was affected here during a 24-hr state-wide Bandh called by three organisations today. These organisations include the United Committee Manipur (UCM), the All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) and the Committee on Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK).
During the bandh, the State capital wore a deserted look and all shops Markets, shops, business establishments and educational institutions here remained closed for the day. Vehicles including both private and passengers services remained off the roads. Volunteers in Chinga Makha, Singjamei burned tyres and wood on the road blocking traffic. However, there have been no reports of violence and damage during day of the bandh.
Emergency services were exempted and were given safe passage, Attendance in government offices were nil and Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Dimapur transport services were suspended.
The civil society organisations in Manipur are not against a peace agreement with NSCN(IM), AMUCO president Deban Sharma said it should not be at the cost of the state.
“NSCN(IM) has demanded integration of Naga inhabited areas of the North East, a pan Naga cultural identity and autonomous administration of the region, but that affects Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur,” he said.
Therefore, any agreement reached between the Centre and the NSCN(IM) without consent of the affected parties will not be accepted, he said.
The Bangkok Declaration signed between the government of India and NSCN-IM on June 14, 2001 put Manipur on fire. In the cease fire agreement, the central government led by the BJP agreed that the ceasefire will operate “without territorial limits.” Thousands took up massive protests in the capital town.
In the course of the mass movement, 18 people lost their lives on June 18. The central government and R.N. Ravi should be aware that Manipur will be once again ignited if the government tries to forcibly set up such councils, Deban Sharma added.
On the other hand UCM president Karam Sunil said that UCM will continue to confront against any possible chances of disintegrating the people of Manipur or breaking the territorial boundary of the state as a result of the Naga peace talk. The Naga accord and the Framework Agreement, which were signed between NSCN-IM and government of India, should not bring a solution that goes against the interest Manipur, he added.
We have witnessed different statements on the Naga peace accord and the Framework agreement. The peace talk should not affect the territorial boundary and we will not allow marking land boundary on ethnic lines and the notion of state bypass, added Sunil.
The Manipur Pradesh Congress committee president TN Haokip appealed to the central government not to create “another problem while solving other problems,”. “The Congress party will welcome if the Framework Agreement will bring a permanent solution to all without threats to the territorial integrity of Manipur,” he said.“The prolonged silence in unfolding the contents of the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-lM on August 3, 2015 amounts to conscious abetment to misleading apprehension with dismal future in all manifestations.”