Newmai News Network
Imphal: The United Naga Council (UNC) has sent out a strong message to the Government of India that the “Nagas will not accept any disintegration of Naga areas in attempting to address any appeal or demand by any community”.
In a memorandum submitted to Union Home Minister Amit Shah today, which was made available to Newmai News Network late tonight in Imphal, the UNC cautioned that “breaking up Naga areas or adversely affecting the Nagas in any way will have serious ramification that will provoke further senseless violence with different communities”.
The memorandum to the Union Home minister by the UNC then said that the latter “submits this representation in the matter of an enduring, inclusive and honorable Indo-Naga political settlement based on Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015”.
At the outset, the UNC memorandum to the Union Home minister said, “While welcoming your visit to the turbulent state of Manipur in response to the violent situation that has affected all communities in the state of Manipur in the wake of the May 3, 2023 Solidarity Rally carried out by the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM), we would like to first highlight briefly on the violent and pandemonium that have engulfed the state”. The UNC said that mayhem and reign of terror have spilled into the streets right under the very nose of the men in uniform. The Naga body also said that thousands of arms and ammunition from state government armoury have gone into the hands of irate rioters and this has led to bloodshed, lawlessness and insanity overshadowing the rule of law, inspite of promulgation of article 355. The UNC also mentioned in the memorandum that more than 300 churches have been burnt down to ashes, looting and arson at the heart of the capital city, massacre of innocent lives including old people, women and children, cases of rape and molestation of women folks, dearth of life saving drugs and essential commodities inspite of heavy security deployment depict the total collapse of the state machinery in the state that were/was never witnessed before.
The UNC memorandum to the Union Home minister then stated, “We add to the voice of the community in the state to your good office for managing the grievous situation with an iron hand for ending this madness immediately with the resources and power…”
Having described the above situation, the UNC asserted, “We would like to place the position of the Naga people that we will not accept any disintegration of Naga areas in attempting to address any appeal or demand by any community”, while adding, “Breaking up Naga areas or adversely affecting the Nagas in any way will have serious ramification that will provoke further senseless violence with the different communities”. The UNC also said that it is a strong assertion of the Nagas, therefore that the Naga people should be consulted while considering any settlement to address the prevailing situation.
In the light of the above, the UNC said that the government of India must uphold the sanctity of the “historic Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015 in letter and spirit for enduring and peaceful co-existence of India and the Nagas and to expeditiously translate the same into a political reality”.