Imphal: The Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) in light of the tragic events unfolding in Manipur has appealed “to the better nature, good sense and enlightened self-interets of the people to bring an immediate end to the acts of killing and vandalism,” in a press release on Thursday.
While NPMHR mourned the “loss of lives and communal fraternity in a region that has been long vitiated by wanton injustice and use of force,” said that Manipur is witnessing another iteration of a seemingly endless cycle of violence.
“We call upon community leaders and the elected legislators to immediately take action to de-escalate the volatile situation and resume dialogue and negotiations with the stakeholders,” it added.
NPMHR further pointed out the “high-handedness of the State” after it issued ‘shoot-on-sight’ orders on Thursday.
The Naga rights watchdog said that such orders “smacks of the familiar and dangerous high-handedness of a State that has historically proven to be insensitive to the needs and demands of its own citizens. This unwillingness to listen and negotiate has birthed the very instability and societal fragility that the State is now trying to deal with in ‘fire-fighting’ mode,” it further said.