Women storm ministers’ houses over FA issue
IMPHAL,7th Aug: Demanding disclosure of contents of the Framework Agreement signed between NSCN-IM and Government of India and protection of Manipur’s territorial integrity, a large number of women stormed residences of three ministers including deputy chief minister Y Joykumar on Tuesday. After staging protests in front of the ministers’ residences, the women folk belonging to combined committee of UCM, AMUCO and CCSK also submitted memorandum to all the ministers.
The women who headed out from the office of UCM at Lamphelpat first stormed the Naoremthong residence of deputy chief minister Y Joykumar at about 1pm. However, a strong team of police already deployed at the area controlled the women and allowed some leaders to enter minister’s house and submit the memorandum.
After coming out of Y Joykumar’s residence, the same group of women stormed forest minister Th Shyamkumar’s quarter along the Kanglapat road. There too, a team of police stationed already controlled the women but allowed some of them to submit the memorandum.
Later, the same group works minister Th Biswajit’s quarter at Sanjenthong. The protesting women were controlled by a large team of Imphal East district police led by SP K Meghachandra using steel barricade. However, some women leaders were allowed to the meet the minister and submit the same copy of memorandum they had submitted earlier to the two ministers.
The memorandum submitted to the ministers mentioned that a special session of Manipur Legislative Assembly should be convened at the earliest to discuss the Framework Agreement and Naga peace talk so as to place wishes of the people clearly in the House. The memorandum also said that condition and the nature on conclusion of the Naga peace talk must be drawn out clearly from the Union Home Minister without political affiliation and the House of Manipur Legislative Assembly should take a resolution that Naga peace talk should not be allowed to expand any communal policy to Manipur. It also said that all the 60 MLAs should take a collective decision on the issue and they should go together with the people if the Central government takes a decision against the wishes of the people of Manipur. Further, the memorandum demanded the ministers and MLAs to declare their definite stand on the issue to the public. During the protests, the women raised several slogans including resignation of ministers and MLAs if they would be unable to safeguard Manipur’s territorial integrity.