Demand for Resignations Over Jiribam Violence: Organisers of The Great June Uprising Unity Day

Northeast Desk, 15th June: In a significant development, the Organising Committee of The Great June Uprising Unity Day has called for the resignation of the security adviser and Director-General of Police (DGP) following recent outbreaks of violence in Jiribam district. The committee attributed negligence on their part as a critical factor contributing to the unrest and urged their resignation on moral grounds.

Addressing media today ahead of the 23rd observance of The Great June Uprising, Joychandra Konthoujam, Chairman of the committee and President of United Committee Manipur (UCM), expressed deep concern over the escalation of violence in Jiribam district, historically known for its relative peace amid conflicts in other parts of Manipur.

“The unfortunate spread of violence in Jiribam district is a direct consequence of the security adviser and DGP’s negligence,” remarked Joychandra Konthoujam. “Despite prior warnings about security threats, their inaction has led to this outbreak.”

Konthoujam also alleged collusion among the central government, central forces, and armed militants, accusing them of exacerbating tensions deliberately in Manipur. The committee demanded a clear stance from the state government on the ongoing crisis, highlighting issues such as illegal immigration and illicit poppy cultivation in forest lands.

The upcoming commemoration of The Great June Uprising Unity Day on June 18 aims to honor the 18 individuals who lost their lives during the 2001 agitation to protect Manipur’s territorial boundaries. Konthoujam recounted the agitation’s origins, sparked by concerns over Manipur’s territorial integrity following a ceasefire agreement between NSCN-IM and the Government of India.

“We urge the public to join us at Kekrupat on June 18 to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for our state,” Konthoujam emphasized, underscoring the significance of preserving Manipur’s territorial integrity.

The United Committee Manipur (UCM) and the All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO) have consistently commemorated the 2001 incident at Kekrupat, Imphal, through annual observances, honoring the martyrs who defended Manipur’s borders.

The call for resignations marks a pivotal moment in Manipur’s ongoing struggle for peace and territorial integrity, as sentiments remain charged ahead of the commemorative event.

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