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Manipur: COCOMI organises mass rally to protect Manipur’s integrity

People from all walks of life, communities and age groups including elderly women walked on the streets shouting slogans themed on unity and saving indigenous people.

IMPHAL-  Amidst the ongoing ethnic conflict in Manipur, the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity ( COCOMI ) on Friday  took out a mass rally in Imphal, calling for the integrity of the State to be maintained, an end to the Suspension of Operations pact with Kuki-Zo groups, and a stop to combing operations that they believe are being conducted in a biased manner.

People from all walks of life, communities and age groups including elderly women walked on the streets shouting slogans themed on unity and saving indigenous people.

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The rally, which was effectively one to counter the demand for a separate administration by the Kuki-Zo community, was attended by hundreds of students from the city’s top schools and colleges. Imphal West Independent MLA Nishikanta Singh Sapam, who also attended the rally, said, “I am an Independent MLA but a Manipuri first so I joined the rally to show my support for the people.”

The student community has urged the Central government to end the prevailing crisis in the state, demanding resolution and a peaceful environment for their studies. Their primary concerns are the ongoing crisis and the conditions of people residing in relief camps.

Manipur: COCOMI organises mass rally to protect Manipur's integrity

The present conflict that began on May 3, 2023. The valley-dominant Meitei community and the hill-dominant Kuki tribes have been fighting for over a year. People have lost their faith to both state and central government as the crisis prevailing and ethnic conflict remains uncontrolled.

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The general category Meiteis want to be included under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category as they claim to be essentially and historically a tribe.

On the other hand all the 10 Kuki MLAs of Manipur State Assembly has been demanding a Separate Administration for Kuki under the Indian Union. Kuki groups had on Monday – the day Modi 3.0’s first parliament session began – held a rally to push for their separate administration demand.

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