Imphal: Drawing attention of the over a year long Meitei-Kuki crisis in Manipur that allegedly came out on the backdrop of Narco-terrorism, Golden Traingle expansion and external aggression, people in Imphal valley took on road on the eve of first session of the 18th Lok Sabha, demonstrating against taking time to end the crisis.

The social and political unrest began on May 3, last year when Kuki launched attack to Meitei villages by burning houses and killing.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh has been saying that the particular community with the support of external forces started attacking Meitei instead of the government after launching destruction of Poppy cultivation, eviction of illegal encroachers in reserved forest areas and identification of illegal immigrants in the state.

People staged a sit-in in rally at DM College gate in Thangmeiband, here, on Sunday to draw the attention of the Parliament on the issue.

A large number of women protesters started marching towards the chief minister’s bunglow from Lilong Chajing areas.

Police stopped them at Canchipur  in front of Manipur University gate. The police told them that the rally had to be halted and some representatives may be allowed to go forward and submit their memorandum to the concerned authorities.

Heated exchange between the protesters and the police took place. A lady police officer allegedly made derogatory remarks which turned the rally into chaos.

The protesters demanding apology from the lady police officer refused to turn back for a longtime.

A demontrator, Sujata Devi told reporters that they wanted to draw the attention of central government on Manipur crisis. Commenting on additional forces deployment in the state, she said central para military forces should be deployed at far flung and vulnerable  areas instead they are being deployed in valley areas.

Senior women leader Ima Nganbi said the conditions in Manipur needed attention from the central government, as the people in the state feel threatened by the reports of planned mass combing operations and the possible excessive use of muscle power ( human rights violations etc) that could trigger in the process.

People in the state been suffering for long, so an excessive use of power by security agencies is not needed at the moment.

RSS chief Mohan Rao  Bhagwat recently remarked that the crisis in Manipur need solution on urgent basis.

While Kuki under ITLF umbrella are imposing total shutdown and organising rally in Churachandpur on Monday, civil society organisations are planning for mass protests to draw the attention of the central government on this day.

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