The MLAs, most of whom are ethnic Meiteis, also demanded the withdrawal of the Suspension of Operations Agreement with Kuki militant groups
Forty MLAs from violence-hit Manipur have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that the state requires complete disarmament to foster an environment of peace and security.
The MLAs, most of whom are ethnic Meiteis, also demanded the withdrawal of the Suspension of Operations (SoO) Agreement with Kuki militant groups, implementation of NRC in the state and strengthening of the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs).
In the memorandum, these MLAs opposed the demand for a ‘separate administration’ by Kuki groups.
“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,” said the memorandum that was submitted to PM Modi on Wednesday.
“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,” it added.
There have been numerous instances of farmers going out to work their fields only to be fired upon by militants, the memorandum said.
“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,” it claimed, demanding that Assam Rifles (9, 22 and 37) need to be transferred from their present location of deployment and “trustworthy Central forces” along with state security can replace them to “neutralise and sanitise” all threats to peace, security and stability.
The MLAs demanded the withdrawal of the SoO agreement with all those Kuki militant outfits who have violated the ground rules.
There has been large scale foreign infiltration with arms and ammunition into the state. So, the Central forces 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 memorandum said.
The MLAs also demanded the implementation of NCR in the state.