Women lament as Manipur govt fails to address crisis

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Imphal, Nov 12: The number of people losing faith in the government is fast rising with time as the latter is yet to address the crisis in Manipur even after six months.

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A women organisation today cautioned that the womenfolk will launch various forms of agitations if the government fails to take up concrete steps to resolve the crisis unfolding in the state.

Vendors of Ima Keithel (all-women-run market in the heart of Imphal) suspended their business of the day on Sunday and staged a sit-in-protest to highlight the plights of the people owing to the prolonging crisis in Manipur.

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The protest carried out under the aegis of the Khwairamband Keithel Joint Coordinating Committee also registered a strong protest over state government’s inability to trace the missing persons since the eruption of the violence in the state on May 3 last.

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Talking to reporters at the protest site, convener of the committee, L Mema Devi expressed anguish over the government’s inability to resolve the crisis even after more than six months.

She said that while the case of disappearance of two students – Phijam Hemanjit (20) and Hijam Linthoingambi, a girl aged 17 years –is yet to be solved, another two students went missing in Kangpokpi district.

She questioned why the state government is not able to trace the whereabouts of the missing students even as the police claimed to have arrested the suspects involved in the two missing cases.

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“In such a situation when students go on missing one after another, how can the people, particularly the womenfolk of the society, remain silent?” she asked.

At the same time, she questioned the reason behind authorities not taking up action against the militants under suspension of operation (SoO) with the government “even as there is enough evidence that they conspired with the foreign militants to disturb the internal security of the country”.

Since the outbreak of the violence, a large number of central security forces have been deployed in the state. “However, they did nothing to control the unlawful activities of the militants”, she lamented.

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“Inability on the part of the government to check the illegal activities compelled the people to ask whether the profits earned from poppy cultivation in the hill districts are being shared with the people in the governance,” she said.

“Why aren’t mass operations conducted to flush out the cross border terrorists from Myanmar conducted till now?” she further asked.

“If compared to the large number of Indian security forces deployed in the state, their (foreign terrorists) number is very few. It will not take even a week to eliminate them”, she said.

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