IMPHAL- The Manipur police have filed and FIR against the general secretary of Indigenous Tribal Leader’s Forum (ITLF), a Kuki-Zo group over his comments they will start a “self-Administration whether the centre recognises it or not”.
Muan Tombing, the general secretary of the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF), faces several serious charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including sedition and conspiring to wage war against the Indian government.
During a protest Rally in Churachandpur on Wednesday, Mr Tombing had stated that “It has been over six months and nothing has been done regarding our demand for a separate administration from the Manipur government. So if our voice is not heard within a couple of weeks, we will set up our self-government. Irrespective of whether the centre recognises it or not, we will go ahead,” Mr Tombing told reporters amid the protest in Churachandpur.
“As in a state or a Union Territory, we will set up a self-government that will look into all matters in the Kuki-Zo areas. We have to do this since our voice has not been heard,” Mr Tombing said.
The FIR filed with a police station in the same district where Mr Tombing issued the “self-government” ultimatum also includes the charge under the IPC on “provocation with intent to cause riot”.
The Manipur government strongly condemned the Indigenous Tribal Leader’s Forum (ITLF)’s recent announcement to declare a ‘self-government’ in Kuki-Zo dominated area, stating that the ITLF’s move is aimed at vitiating and disturbing the law and order situation in Manipur.
Education Minister Basanta Kumar Thounaojam, also serving as the Law Minister, addressing a press conference held on Thursday, has announced that decisive legal action is being initiated against ITLF and individuals associated with the controversial declaration.