NEW DELHI- A group of women from Manipur’s Kuki community gathered at Jantar Mantar and staged a candlelight vigil under the banner of Kuki Women’s Forum here on Saturday to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in Manipur violence.
In a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they have sought his intervention to bring back normalcy in the state.
The demands include immediate imposition of President’s rule in Manipur, permanent solution through separate administration, more deployment of central forces and neutral officers at conflict zones, security at mortuary and hospitals.
It also includes provision of security, food and medical aid.
“Since May 3, there’s unrest in Manipur. It’s been more than a month. In spite of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state and his appeal to maintain normalcy, violence is still continuing. A mother and her son were burnt alive a few days ago. We don’t know whom to trust now,” one of the members of Kuki Women’s Forum told.
“Our appeal to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister is to ensure the situation doesn’t escalate further,” she added.
The ethnic clashes claimed more than 100 lives and some 10,000 army and para-military personnel had to be deployed as part of the efforts to bring back normalcy in the northeastern states.