Sit-in protest staged at Motbung
KANGPOKPI, May 25: A sit-in protest staged at Motbung in Kangpokpi district has urged the Central Government to abdicate N Biren Singh from being a Chief Minister, today.
The sit-in protest organized by the Committee on Tribals' Unity, Sadar Hills sought the intervention of the Centre to address the 'problems' of the Kukis based on the political dialogue between United People's Front (UPF), Kuki National Organization (KNO) and the Governments.
The protesters at the Motbung also demanded immediate removal of N Biren Singh.
Speaking to media persons, secretary of the organising Committee L Singsit claimed that the wide-scale communal violence taking place in Manipur under the leadership of N Biren Singh is unpardonable.
He said that Kukis in particular and the tribals in general are surprised as to why the Centre Government is still not yet taking any action against the Chief Minister.
"It is no wonder that the Chief Minister failed to control the violent situation in Manipur as he himself is the instigator of the unpardonable crime", he claimed.
An internally displaced scholar from the Manipur University who participated in the sit-in protest claimed that none of the Manipur University's authority and security attempted to save them when the varsity was attacked by mobs on May 3 afternoon.
She said that the mobs also burnt down important documents.
She asked how they are going to resume their studies at the Manipur University.
While urging the Centre Government to initiate measures for the thousands of scholars and students of Manipur University, the young woman scholar on behalf of all internally displaced scholars urged the Chief Minister N Biren Singh to "resign" for failing to safeguard them.
Meanwhile, spokesperson of the Committee K Sitlhou claimed that the chain of violence was triggered simply because a peaceful rally was taken out against the demand for ST status by the 'dominant' Meitei community.
He also urged the Centre Government to initiate the peace process only after providing a solution for the problems of the Kukis.
"Address our problems to a certain level then we will happily accept peace", he added.