Imphal, 26th Dec. 2012: As the United Naga Council (UNC) starts a 72 hour blockade tonight, Film Forum Manipur could resume their strike in the Imphal valley following a reprieve owing to Christmas festivity. There was a lull in the protests today and Christmas festivities passed off relatively peaceful after call by various sections, including CorCom, a conglomeration of seven valley based armed national groups.”To blame Lt Col Livingstone’s community or all the hill people for his wrongdoing is not justifiable,” CorCom said in its December 24 appeal.
Taking a dig at the NSCN (IM), it said the people’s anguish is “a cumulative effect of all the injustice done to them during the past 15 years.”Following a 1997 ceasefire signed between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India, the Imphal valley has witnessed repeated protests amid fears that the “territorial integrity” of Manipur would be compromised. The largest of protests occurred in 2001 when that ceasefire extended to all Naga areas of the north east with the words “without territorial limits.”On the other hand, tribals in Manipur, particularly the Nagas, have over the last few years zeroed their demands seeking an “alternative arrangement” by severing ties with the Government of Manipur. Trouble continued to brew today in various parts of the Imphal valley amid reports that provocative slogans were used by roving groups forcing many to remain indoors.”We had to make do with some dry meat,” a resident in Imphal said.
Eye witnesses told Patkai News over phone that a door and window of the Rongmei Baptist Church at RIMS Quarter Type-II, B Block in the Lamphel area had black smoke marks which they believe were a result of attempts by unidentified men to damage the property. Residents said at least two vehicles were involved and identified bottles in the compound this morning. Naga leaders have urged security agencies to patrol the area. One report said one Bojen, a former cadre of an armed group threatened church goers on the eve of Christmas with a revolver not very far from a Naga village in Langol.
A host of Naga organizations including All Naga Students Association Manipur, Naga Women’s Union, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights, NPMHR, Tangkhul Shanao Long (Tangkhul Women’s League), Chandel Naga People’s Organisation, Chandel Naga Women Union besides Sadar Hills Women Union (SHWU), All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO) condemned the alleged action of the Naga cadre. Further, amid growing concern, bits of Nagas and Meiteis have continued to keep channels of communication going despite official stands that are opposed to each other. THE