By IFP Bureau
IMPHAL: The Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) in association with Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) held a ‘peace demonstration’ at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi today demanding the central authority not to disintegrate the territorial boundary of Manipur as a result of the final agreement to be inked shortly.
In a telephonic conversation, MSAD vice president K Javed Mehedi said that the demonstration was held to extend solidarity to the on-going movement launched in the State in connection with Naga Peace Talk. Besides peace demonstration, a memorandum was also submitted to the Prime Minister Office, reminding the position taken by the people.
Mentioning some of the key contents of the memorandum, Javed said, the ‘Framework Agreement’ should not disturb and interfere in the unity and territorial integrity of the State, all the pre-existing features of the State such as its political, historical and social identities before it joined the Indian union shall be respected and honoured.
Any attempt to change or interfere into these pre-existing features by the Government of India shall be considered only after the approval of Manipur Legislative Assembly, he said. This shall be made effective as special provisions with necessary amendment in the Constitution of India within article 371, he added.
He further said that not inviting any representative from the State for the final peace talk was highly condemnable as it was in total violation of assurance given by the Prime Minister. The contradictory stance of the central government has created “lots of panic” to Manipuris, even to those staying outside the State.
He further said that MSAD is still sticking with the stand of protecting the territorial integrity of the State. They will fight for the State with all possible efforts if any unwanted solution was considered in the final pact to be signed.
Member of the COCOMI, Premjit Sukham said that Manipur has 2000 years old history and it is the first country in South East Asia to get complete independence from the British rule. But after it got merged with Indian Union, the State has been confronting many problems. He said that “India annexed Manipur on October 15, 1949. Right after its annexation, Inner Line Permit system was removed and imposed Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958.”
“Now, they are trying to disintegrate its communal integrity”, he further said while adding that all the communities must stand together to face such move.