Imphal: A large number of womenfolk including nine from the bereaved families of the Khamenlok killing staged a protest at Singjamei, here, holding the Indian National Flag demanding to restore peace in Manipur at the earliest.
The women folk attempted a protest rally from Singjamei Bazaar under Imphal West district towards the chief minister’s secretariat, here.
They were stopped by central and central forces at Singjamei Chingamathak Traffic junction, which is 2 Km away from the CM’s secretariat.
A protestor said many have become widows while many others have lost their children. She questioned the Prime Minister and the chief minister, “How many more lives have to suffer the pangs caused by the security forces. State government needed to undergo peace process.
Nine mothers who had recently experienced the loss of their husbands and loved ones in Khamenlok crisis said they were there to submit a memorandum and speak with the chief minister. However, they say, they were stopped at Chingga Mathak, Singjamei Traffic junction.
The women declared their unwavering resolution to remain at Chinga Makhong until the chief minister personally came to meet them. They stressed the urgent need for the government to take concrete steps to restore peace in Manipur as soon as possible.
They warned that if their demands were not met, the Meiteis would take matters into their own hands and wage war against the Kukis.
The woman said it has been realised that violence is between state and external military forces and the matter is also accepted by the governor of Manipur.
“At the time of the chief minister’s resignation, a large number of people were allowed to gather, storm the CM’s secretariat and shout slogans. The place is a silent zone. Surprisingly, we are not allowed to march at CM’s secretariat,” she said.
She said many bunkers in the valley have been damaged, not at the hill. Ten Kuki MLAs alleged the Meitei even as the conflict was started by Kuki. There are two Kuki, one is Chin-Kuki and another is SoO kuki, she said.
“Where are those women at the CM’s resignation? Come out and let us meet CM. There was no army, no tear gas at the silent zone while he was expected to resign”, said the woman.
“We lost trust in him. Now we will not maintain peace until and unless Biren fulfils his assurance,” she said.