Women protestors demand emergency assembly session for ‘protection of Manipur’

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IMPHAL, Aug 7 (Newmai): A large number of women protested infront of the quarters of ministers in Imphal demanding an emergency assembly session so that all the 60 legislators of Manipur Legislative Assembly take a “unanimous resolution to protect Manipur from any form of division”. The women carried out the campaign under the aegis of the All Manipur Clubs Organisation (AMUCO), the Committee of Civil Societies of Kangleipak (CCSK) and the United Committee Manipur (UCM).

The women were confronted by the police as the former attempted to storm the official residences of the ministers this afternoon. This move of the women was triggered by the reported plan of the Government of India to extend Article 371(A) to the Naga areas in Manipur.

The agitating women leaders said they had submitted memorandums to some ministers including Works Minister, Th Biswajit, Forest minister, Th Shyamkumar, Deputy Chief Minister, Y Joykumar in connection with the issue.

Meanwhile, the UCM, the AMUCO, and the CCSK have postponed the proposed August 18 ‘mass rally’. The rally was planned on the issue of Manipur protection and against the “divisive police” of the Government of India which is allegedly trying to disintegrate Manipur. The three organizations said this evening that they have decided to postpone the ‘mass rally’ due to some ‘inconveniences’.

The UCM, the AMUCO and the CCSK then urged the ruling and the opposition parties not to politicalise the issue (Naga Framework Agreement/Manipur protection) but to work together constructively.

The three organizations then urged the ‘concerned authorities’ to urge the higher authorities in New Delhi not to pass anything that is detrimental to the integrity and unity of Manipur.

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