Condemn the Barbaric Attack on Tribal People of Manipur at New Delhi! Immaterial whether one agrees with Demands or not!
Such Brutality is Unacceptable!
Hold Dialogue and Resolve Issues Peacefully! Release all Arrested Unconditionally!
It has been around 290 days that 9 Tribal people killed during protests against 3 Bills that the Tribal people feel infringe on their land rights are lying Unburied in Churachandpur District of Manipur. On 7th June, 2016 around thousand people under the banner of Manipur Tribal Forum Delhi marched in protest to Manipur Bhavan against a delegation led by Ibobi Singh, Chief Minister who had come to get assent of the President for the Bills. They were lathicharged in a barbaric manner.
The MTFD has been having peaceful protests in Jantar Mantar everyday since 4th November 2015. They have met the President, Home Minister and different Ministers and exhausted all possible avenues in a peaceful manner.
A dialogue was the least the BJP-led Central Government should have facilitated. The Congress Chief Minister should also have tried to arrive at an amicable mutually agreed solution addressing concerns of the Hill Tribes as well as the Meitei people.
The pictures speak of the brutality of the Delhi Police and Manipur Police. The scenes at the hospitals were heart-rending. About 60 people are detained at Chanakyapuri Police Station. I was not allowed to meet the officials or arrested people, many of whom are injured.
This is no way to deal with a protest. All Democratic minded people and organisations should rise against such brutality. Whether one agrees with demands raised or not is immaterial. Such crackdown on protests augurs dangerous days ahead for all Democratic dissent and has to be spoken out against.
The protestors were provoked by Manipur Rifles jawans posted in Manipur Bhavan, who were all from the meitei community. The MR personels started throwing stones and brick from the balcony, and it infuriate the peaceful protestors who were demanding to meeting the CM /Manipur Govt. officials. Delhi Police should be alert of the neferious designs of the Manipur Govt. DP should know that they have been used and played with by the Manipur Govt. to further their diabolic agenda.
Where is the MP of Outer Manipur??? Where is Thangso Baited when his people are being beaten near death? Will he be quiet if those injured where his sons and daughters? Are we domestic animals?
As soon as we cross the North-Eastern border we are all same. Why are we fighting so much with ourselves, we are family and yes family members do fight but time has come when we must unite and join hands instead of dithering away from each other. Imagine what we could have achieved in this world if we all stand together today. Let us make this place beautiful and not a ocean of blood for our childrens to come. Let’s bring peace and work harmoniously toward a better future.
When will the tribal and non-tribal drama of Manipur end…only God knows..