It was Meaningless Assembly session: Cocomi

Imphal: The Assembly session (Manipur) that was adjourned sine die without discussing a single issue on Manipur will be taken as ‘meaningless session’ said Coordinating Committee On Manipur Integrity (Cocomi) coordinator N. Jeetendra said on Wednesday.

The 4th Session of 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly session ended in 11 minutes.

Manipur has been burning since May 3, the day Kuki started attacking Meitei community, resulting to the present turmoil.

Sections of the society have condemned the Assembly session of Tuesday, which the Congress marked the day as Dark Day.

Jeetendra said Cocomi will continue the social boycott against Manipur government.

He was speaking to a group of reporters, here.

Cocomi told Union Home minister Amit Shah that if the other community (Kuki) apologised to the people of Manipur, the organisation will take the consent of public to initiate a dialogue with the present crisis in order to bring back to normalcy.

He said a team of 13 members of Cocomi met Amit Shah as per verbal call from north east in-charge, Sambit Patra in order to discuss the present turmoil in Manipur.

During the meeting with him, Cocomi placed eight charter of demands that included to stop firing in Manipur, to take necessary steps to return the displaced people to their respective homes, to open blockage on national highways for free and fro, withdraw security forces from the educational institutions, update of NRC, destruction of poppy plantation before the coming of its harvest season, replacement of Assam Rifles by other central forces and to disband SoO agreement, Jeetendra said.

The Union Home minister appealed the civil body to initiate a dialogue to bring back normalcy in Manipur.

However, Cocomi responded that if the other community that is involved in the present turmoil apologises, the coordinating body will take the consent of public to initiate the dialogue, Jeetendra said.

He said the turmoil and firings are still continued at this juncture. Cocomi cannot take any decision without the consent of public.

Amit Shah also told the Cocomi leaders that NRC will be updated and the process of retina scan has already started and will be targeting to complete by September. He assured that SoO will be disbanded.

Responding to reporters, media coordinator of Cocomi, Somorendro Thokchom said, regarding the sending of displaced people to their respective homes, the representatives of the coordinating body, SPs of Bishnupur, Churachandpur, CO of Kumaon Regiment deputed at Phougakchao area along with people of Moirang, Bishnupur and surrounding areas hold a meeting on Tuesday.

Cocomi had declared to take back conflict displaced people to their respective homes by August 30.

The CO of Kumaon Regiment told that Phougakchao was still a sensitive zone and returning of displaced people to their respective homes in Churachandpur district is not safe, Somorendro said.

Cocomi will take intensified steps if the government fails to take necessary steps for returning of displaced people in Churachandpur district at their respective homes within 2-3 days then, he added.

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