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THOUBAL | Aug 11 : Public meetings were held today at Thoubal bazaar and Pallel bazaar demanding that Article 371 (a) must not be extended to Manipur as a part of the resolution to Naga Framework Agreement between India and NSCN-IM.
The public meeting organised by United People’s Front (UPF), Manipur, Thoubal District Council, All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), Thoubal, IMA, and Thoubal Keithel Apunba Lup was attended by students.
President UPF, W. Second stated that bringing a resolution between Indian government and NSCN-IM is welcomed by the people. Though the details of the agreement have not been revealed to the public, it has been known to the public from the words of interlocutor, RN. Rabi that there may be some points in the agreement which pose a threat to the territorial integrity of Manipur.
There are high chances that article 371 (a), which is already implemented to Nagaland, will be extended to Naga settled areas of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, he said.
The public will never accept the implementation of such acts in Manipur, he stated. If it gets implemented then Manipur will burn into flames. Therefore, the public will take a firm resolution and stand against the implementation of such acts in the state.
On the other hand, Youth Volunteers’ Association (YVA), Pallel, YDO, SDO, PALEM, Pallel Bazar Board, Thobal IMA and UPACO organised a public meeting at Pallel bazaar against the possible threat to Manipur’s territorial integrity by Naga Framework Agreement.
While stating that the people will not allow implementation of article 371 (a) in Manipur, it was resolved that any steps taken up by UCM, AMUCO, CCSK will be extended.
Vice president of SDO, Pallel, T. Mangang, general secretary of UPACO, Basanta and president of UCM, Sunil Karam gave speeches in the meeting. Shops and vendors at both Thoubal and Pallel markets were closed down.~IFP