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Women make human chain against the ongoing Naga peace talks in Imphal on Thursday
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Why Manipur women are up in arms over ongoing Naga political talks

Massive rally organised to protest against any move to affect integrity of state; governor Najma Heptulla however assures people that Manipur’s boundary will not be reshaped at any cost

Vangamla Salle K S

Vangamla Salle K S

Imphal: Amid massive protests throughout the state against the ongoing peace process between Centre and the NCSN (I-M), Manipur governor Dr Najma Heptulla has assured the people of the state that Manipur’s boundary will not be reshaped at any cost.

Earlier in the day on Thursday, protesters in large numbers, mostly women, staged a rally here protesting against any move to affect the integrity of geographical territory of Manipur.

The “Public Alert Rally on Peace Talks” was organised by Khwairamband Ima Keithel under the aegis of Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), a joint committee of all major civil society organisations based in the state amidst the speculations of bringing a solution to the 22-year-old Naga political dialogue.

Women protesters were seen chanting slogans like “Bring solution, not problem”, “Give peace, not pieces”, and make a human chain on BT road in state capital Imphal.

There have been speculations around social media that the decades-old Naga issue will soon get a solution and a framework agreement signed between the Centre and NSCN-IM by the end of this month.

According to reports, the people in the state led by COCOMI have reaffirmed the collective resolution that the integrity of Manipur and the sanctity of its territorial boundary are non-negotiable.

“It would be wise on the part of the government of India to disclose the details of the Framework Agreement and consult all stakeholders in order to explore a solution which would be acceptable to all, COCOMI coordinator and UCM president Sunil Karam had earlier told reporters during the formal announcement of civil movements in the state.

He then appealed all communities of the state to take a firm decision on the issue and stand collectively.

The protesters also submitted a memorandum to the governor of Manipur against the ongoing Naga peace process, it said.

Meanwhile, as per report, the NSCN-IM and the interlocutor for the Naga peace process R N Ravi will hold a formal round of negotiations on October 24 as the former sticks to its stand on having a separate flag and constitution -- much against the Centre’s proposal.