Imphal: Hundreds of women on Friday evening took to the streets of state capital Imphal and participated in torch rallies to reaffirm their stand on territorial integrity in Manipur amid the ongoing Naga political talks between the Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM).
In Manipur, many fear that it might compromise the integrity of the state if the Naga political negotiations are brought to a final settlement.
Besides Nagaland, integration of Naga-inhabited areas of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Myanmar is one of the core demands of NSCN-IM.
The torch rallies were held in various parts of Imphal in line with the “public alert movements” under the aegis of the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) on the ongoing peace talks between the Centre and NSCN-IM.
According to reports, the rallies began at 7 pm on Friday and were simultaneously held at Kwakeithel Laishram Leikai, Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai, Kakwa Maibam Leikai, Haobam marak, Irom Leikai, Ayangpalli, Andro Parking, Wangkhei, Lamlong and Sowombung area, among others.
During the public rallies, the women were seen shouting slogans like ‘Long Live Manipur’, ‘Condemn communal politics by India’, etc, amid the presence of heavy security forces being deployed to prevent any untoward incident.
The protestors were led by COCOMI, a conglomerate of major civil societies based in the valley. They said that the final solution to the Naga problem should not compromise the territorial integrity of the state.
For Meira Paibis, who are considered to be the guardians of civil societies, any change to the existing boundary of the state is unacceptable and non-negotiable and reaffirmed their commitment to safeguard the territorial integrity of the state.
Meanwhile, according to reports, chief minister N Biren Singh has also assured the people of the state to step down and resign from his post if the Centre takes any decision which will affect the integrity of the state.