We want to go back home to our birthplace in Churachandpur: Meitei natives in relief camp say

Imphal: Several Meeteis/Meiteis who before the Kuki-Zomi Meitei ethnic violence lived in Churachandpur Meitei Leikai (locality) staged a candle light vigil, while they protested against the Centre and state governments on Wednesday. People in the relief camp demanded both the governments to bring peace and harmony in the violence-torn state.

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Still stuck and no where else to go, people in the relief camp at Old Bishnupur DC Complex Loukoipat, requested the government to get them back to their own home in Churachandpur.

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“I have been residing in Churachandpur since my childhood. Staying at the relief camp is not what we want. We want to go back home to our native place with proper security measures for protection. We still have the will power to go back to our birthplace. There is no place safer than home. We want to live in peace and harmony,” worried and anguished Aroma told this reporter.

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Another person taking refuge in the relief camp said, “Suddenly on May 3 all the house of Meitei who lived in Churchandpur were torched by irate mob. Till today we are still living in relief camp. The government of India and Manipur should take prompt measure for both the Kuki-Zomi and Meitei civilians to resolve the conflict so that all of us, innocent civilians caught in between, who has nothing to do with the conflict, can go back to our normal lives and live peacefully again.”

The candle light vigil and protest was coordinated by North East Student Organization at Old Bishnupur DC Complex Loukoipat by those who fled from Churchandpur.

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