Unable to dealer peace regardless of finest efforts, please intervene, Meitei Pangals urge Centre

Members of the United Meitei-Pangal Committee (UMPC), Manipur, addressing a press conference in New Delhi on August 18, 2023.

Members of the United Meitei-Pangal Committee (UMPC), Manipur, addressing a press convention in New Delhi on August 18, 2023.
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The United Meitei-Pangal Committee of Manipur on August 18 mentioned its finest efforts to dealer peace between the Kuki-Zo and Meitei communities weren’t yielding any outcomes and urged the President, the Prime Minister’s Workplace, the Ministry of House Affairs and the Nationwide Fee for Minorities to urgently intervene and produce peace. 

The ethnic battle that broke out on Might 3 has continued for over 100 days now. Greater than 150 have been killed within the violence, tons of extra injured, and tens of 1000’s of individuals internally displaced. 

During the last three months because the divide between the Kuki-Zo and Meitei communities grew to become entrenched, Meitei Pangals (the small share of Meiteis who practise Islam) have remained a impartial group, largely residing in areas between Meitei and Kuki-Zo settlements. For the longest time, they’ve been given protected passage by each communities. 

Nonetheless, on Friday, whereas chatting with reporters in Delhi, leaders of the UMPC mentioned that with the violence persevering with, they discover themselves in a good spot and had been “afraid that we’ll be pulled into the battle”. 

Not for bifurcation

The UMPC insisted that “there might be no compromise on the integrity of the State of Manipur”, clarifying that it doesn’t assist any bifurcation of the State in a bid to resolve the present disaster. 

“If we find yourself within the Kuki-Zo administration, we’ll turn out to be minorities and if we go into the Manipur administration, we’re afraid we’ll turn out to be the following goal, particularly with the communal politics underneath approach within the nation and in Manipur for the final decade or so,” one of many UMPC leaders informed The Hindu, wishing to not be named.

The UMPC has highlighted these issues in its August 17 memorandum to the President, the Prime Minister’s Workplace, the Ministry of House Affairs and the Nationwide Fee for Minorities.

The leaders mentioned that the Manipur authorities allegedly “allowed” the scenario to flare up and the Centre has since “turned a blind eye”. In a press assertion, the UMPC mentioned it was shocked and anguished that the “highly effective mechanisms of the Central authorities and its companies” had not but been capable of convey peace within the State. “Time has come to intervene within the matter urgently to reinstate peace, integrity and tranquillity within the area,” it added within the assertion. 

One other adviser to the UMPC mentioned the Meitei-Pangals had began feeling the affect of the battle. “A number of the Meitei-Pangals in Manipur reside within the Thoubal area and in addition alongside the boundary of Churachandpur (Kuki-Zo-dominated) and Bishnupur (Meitei-dominated) districts.” They added that naturally, each communities seemed to the Meitei-Pangals for assist with provides and important gadgets. “Apart from, we even have a few of our individuals nonetheless residing in Churachandpur and we need to assist them as effectively. Nonetheless, each time any certainly one of us tried to succeed in Churachandpur with provides, we have now been stopped and all provides broken by mobs of 1 group.”

In early August, Meitei-Pangals residing within the Kwakta space (a buffer zone) had been caught within the crossfire, after violence flared up once more within the wake of the killing of three Meitei males in Bishnupur district. This had led to alternate of fireside on the buffer zone, which killed two Kuki-Zo village guards as effectively. 

To date, the UMPC mentioned, 13 of their group members in Manipur had been injured within the ongoing battle, certainly one of them a minor boy who’s partially paralysed and admitted to a Delhi hospital at present. 

Leaders of the UMPC, who’re in New Delhi for 3 days now, have sought appointments with senior members of the Central authorities. Earlier than arriving in Delhi, the leaders had additionally met with Manipur Governor Ausuiya Uikey in Imphal.

“We’re persevering with our efforts to supply a therapeutic contact however we want the Centre to intervene urgently,” UMPC spokesperson Mohammad Raees Ahamed mentioned, including that accountability needs to be mounted for the failures of each the Union and the State authorities.

The UMPC was shaped on July 8 as a coalition of Meitei-Pangal civil society organisations and leaders in Manipur, which embody some elected officers like Zilla Parishad leaders.

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