In memorandum to PM Modi, Manipur MLAs urge for ‘complete disarmament’, NRC

GUWAHATI: A delegation of ministers and MLAs, including Naga legislators, submitted a representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding withdrawal of Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with militant outfits and complete disarmament of these outfits. To reassure all communities, the delegation suggested the strengthening of the Autonomous District Council (ADC) and the holding of regular elections.

The representation by the 40 MLAs stated that the Assam Rifles (9, 22 and 37) need to be transferred from their present location of deployment and be replaced by the Central forces, along with state security, to sanitise and neutralise the whole area.

They suggested that a complete disarmament is imperative to halt the violence in the peripheral areas. Confiscation of all weapons belonging to insurgent groups and illegal armed foreign forces and those snatched from the state machinery, need to be carried out. Central security forces need to adopt a more proactive approach to ensure lasting peace in the region.

“There have been numerous instances of farmers going out to work in their fields only to be fired upon by militants from elevated positions. The weapons that are being used by militants in these firing incidents are sophisticated military-grade arms which include sniper rifles and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs). In many cases, these firing incidents have occurred in the presence of Central Security Forces which have failed to react appropriately or failed to react at all. This has led to a loss of faith in these forces and the build-up of public resentment,” they stated.

“The withdrawal of the Suspension of Operations Agreement with all those who have violated the ground rules is recommended to remove any disadvantages for the central forces with regard to the rules of engagement with these threats. There has been largescale foreign infiltration of arms and ammunition into the state. So, the Central forces should proactively engage with them. There has been a non-stop conflict between the state/central forces and these insurgent armed groups for the last three months. The source and funding of these sophisticated arms and ammunition need to be investigated, keeping in view how the conflict has lasted for the past three months, and the arms continue to arrive into the state”.

Opposing any move for a separate administration demanded by the Kukis and the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF), they stated that this was absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances.

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