Act of terrorism, says COCOMI

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Apr 17: Taking strong exception to the attack carried out by suspected Chin-Kuki narco-terrorists at a convoy of fuel tankers and other goods carriers on Imphal-Jiribam highway in between Kaimai and Tollen Kuki village on Tuesday morning, the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) has asserted that it was an act of terrorism.
Notably, two drivers sustained injuries and five fuel tankers were badly damaged in the attack.
Condemning the attack in the strongest terms, COCOMI, in a statement, asserted that it was another failure of both the State Government and the Central Government, and they should be held accountable for the particular incident.
It said that Imphal-Jiribam highway is becoming a graveyard for many drivers.
Even as the Chin-Kuki narco-terrorists have killed a large number of people in the most brutal manner, burnt down thousands of houses and are openly threatening transportation of essential commodities on the National Highway, the Central Government has been maintaining a stoic silence.
It only testifies that the incumbent Government has totally abandoned the people of Manipur, COCOMI said.  
It went on to ask if providing security escorts to convoys of trucks moving on Imphal-Jiribam highway is serving any purpose when the security personnel are unable to protect the convoys.
Although the National Highways are under the purview of the Central Government, it is unable to secure the National Highways of Manipur.
Saying that the Government is as good as dead, the COCOMI asserted that such attacks when the Lok Sabha elections are just round the corner should not be taken lightly.
The Central Government ought to endorse the Manipur State Assembly’s resolution not to extend the Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement and it must work sincerely to bring an end to the protracted crisis, COCOMI said.
However, it is rather unfortunate that the Central Government has been focusing all its attention on the election by side-stepping the protracted crisis, it decried.
It then urged the Central Government to establish Highway Protection Force on a permanent basis.
It also asked the Government to protect the lives of civilians and not to make drivers sacrificial lambs.
It’s not time for just words or lip service. It’s time for both the Central Government and the State Government to act and contain the Chin-Kuki narco-terrorists immediately, the COCOMI added.