Forty MLAs of the Manipur Legislative Assembly has sent a Representation to the Prime Minister of India on Wednesday, the 9th of August 2023 consisting of six demands.
The demands include the following:
For the immediate establishment of security, simple deployment of forces is inadequate. Although it is imperative to halt the violence in the peripheral areas, a complete disarmament is the key to achieve this goal. The entire state requires a complete disarmament to foster an environment of peace and security. The confiscation of all weapons belonging to insurgent groups and Illegal armed foreign forces and those snatched from the state machinery needs to be carried out. In this regard, the 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 their fields (to subsist) only to be fired upon by militants in elevated positions. The weapons that are being used by militants in these firing incidents are sophisticated military grade arms which include assault, 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 react at all. This has led to a loss of faith In these forces and the build up of public resentment.
Regarding deployment of forces, the Assam Rifles (9, 22 and 37) need to be transferred from their present location of deployment while trustworthy Central forces along with state security can replace them to sanitize and neutralize to neutralize and sanitize the whole area of any and all threats to peace, security and stability.
The withdrawal of the Suspension of Operations (SoO) Agreement with all those who have violated the ground rules at the earliest is recommended to remove any disadvantages for the central Forces with regard to the rules of engagement with these threats. There has been large scale foreign infiltration with arms and ammunition into the state. So, the Centralforces should proactively engage with them. There has been a non-stop conflict between the State/Central forces and these insurgent armed groups In the state for the last 3 months.
The source and funding of these sophisticated arms & ammunition needs to be investigated, keeping in view of how the conflict has lasted for the past three months, and the arms continue to arrive into the state.
3, Implementation of NRC
The issue must be addressed politically In order to resolve this crisis of conflict. There are many options that can be explored. On one hand, to reassure the lndlgenollS people of Manipur, the National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) can be implemented in Manipur, sooner rather than later. Biometric registrations of Immigrants have started and it needs to beexpanded and strengthened.
There is a most important point that must be made. A 'Separate Administration' as demanded by ITLF/Kukis is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstance.
To reassure all Communities, we may consider strengthening of the Autonomous District Council (ADC), and conduct of regular elections (which have not been taking place) in the Hill Area Committee (HAC) and the six existing Autonomous District Councils (ADCs).
After the above-mentioned actions are fulfilled, the necessary peace talks can be initiated and deliver a lasting solution to the ongoing crisis.