40 Manipur legislators demand Modi complete disarmament, withdrawal of SoO

Imphal: Forty Manipur MLAs have demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for complete disarmament in the state and to withdraw suspension of operation (SoO) agreement with groups who violated ground rules to end the current Meitei-Kuki crisis in the state.

The legislators also demanded to implement NRC in the state among other demands.

Complete Disarmament

For the immediate establishment of security, simple deployment of forces is inadequate. Although it is imperative to halt the violence in the peripheral areas, a complete disarmament is the key to achieve this goal. The entire state requires a complete disarmament to foster an environment of peace and security. The confiscation of all weapons belonging to insurgent groups and Illegal armed foreign forces and those snatched from the state machinery needs to be carried out. In this regard, the central security forces need to adopt a more proactive approach to ensure lasting peace In the region, said the MLAs in their representation to the PM.

There have been numerous instances of farmers going out to work their fields (to subsist) only to be fired upon by militants in elevated positions. The weapons that are being used by militants in these firing incidents are sophisticated military grade arms which Include assault, sniper rifles and Rocket propelled Grenades (RPGs). In many cases, these firing incidents have occurred in the presence of Central Security Forces which have failed to react appropriately, or react at all. This has led to a loss of faith in these forces and the buildup of public resentment, it said.

Regarding deployment of forces, the Assam Rifles (9, 22 and 37) need to be trahsferred from their present location of deployment while trustworthy central forces along with state security can replace them to sanitize and neutralize to neutralize and sanitize the whole area of any and all threats to peace, security and stability, it added.

Withdrawal of SoO

The withdrawal of the SoO agreement with all those who have violated the ground rules at the earliest is recommended to remove any disadvantages for the central forces with regard to the rules of engagement with these threats, the MLAs said.

“There has been large scale foreign infiltration with arms and ammunition Into the state. So, the central forces should proactively engage with them. There has been a non-stop conflict between the state/central forces and these insurgent armed groups In the state for the last three months. The source and funding of these sophisticated arms and ammunition need to be investigated, keeping in view of how the conflict has lasted for the past three months, and the arms continue to arrive into the state.”

Implementation of NRC

The Issue must be addressed politically in order to resolve this crisis of conflict. There are many options that can be explored. On one hand, to reassure the Indigenous people of Manipur, the National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) can be Implemented in Manipur, sooner rather than later. Biometric registrations of Immigrants have started in should be expanded and strengthened, they said in the representation.

No Separate Administration As Demanded by The ITLF/Kukis

There is a most important point that must be made. A ‘separate administration’ as demanded by the ITLF/Kukis is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances, it said.

Strengthing of ADC’s

To reassure all communities, ‘we may consider to strengthen the Autonomous District Council (ADC), and conduct of regular elections (which have not been taking place) to the Hill Area Committee (HAC) and the six existing Autonomous District Councils (ADCs)’, the MLAs said.

Peace Talk Needs to be initiated

After the above-mentioned actions are fulfilled, the necessary peace talks can be initiated and deliver a lasting solution to the ongoing crisis, they added.

Manipur has been on boil since the Meitei-Kuki crisis sets in since May 3, the day Kuki attacked Meitei villages and started killing.

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