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Protesters in the troubled states of Manipur, Meitei, and Kuki want "intervention" from Parliament.
Jun 25, 2024 01:10 pm

Divya Delhi: Both Meitei and Kuki-Zo organizations demanded legislative action to halt Manipur's year-long ethnic turmoil Monday in multiple districts amid tight security.Parliament reconvened for the 18th Lok Sabha's first session amid protests.Meitei women sellers in Imphal formed the Khwairamband Ima Keithel Coordinating Committee for Peace at Khwairamband Bazar and marched to the Manipur Raj Bhavan and chief minister's house to demand their demands. The group challenged the Kuki-Zo's proposal for a separate Union Territory and raised fears about a state security crackdown.After being stopped near Kangla Fort, the protesters sat in the market. Huirem Binodini, Peace Committee co-convenor, questioned Manipur's elected legislators' “silence” over the violence.“Our representatives have failed to speak up for their constituents. Their silence is a major disservice to the residents of Manipur living in fear and uncertainty,” Binodini said, adding that Manipuris “would divorce themselves from India” if the government “failed” to resolve the crisis quickly. In the hill districts, the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) led the demonstration for a “quick political solution” to the conflict. The Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) stated that Kuki-Zo Suspension of Operation (SoO) groups have already submitted political demands for a Union Territory with a legislature under Article 239(A) of the Indian Constitution, keeping in mind the realities on the ground and protecting the rights of all citizens to live a safe and dignified life.