CM vows legal action against NSCN-IM after Covid crisis

IMPHAL, 18th May: In the aftermath of reports about presence of NSCM-IM camps in the state allegedly in violation of the ceasefire agreement, Chief Minister N Biren has assured of taking legal actions right after COVID-19 crisis is over.
The assurance was reportedly given during a meeting conducted between members of United Committee Manipur (UCM) and government representatives comprising CM Biren, Deputy Speaker K Robindro, MLA Satyabarta and MLA L Dingo on Monday.
Issuing a release in this regard, UCM Covid-19 STF secretary (IPR) BM Yaima informed that news reports and videos which are appearing in past few days have shown clearly the presence of NSCN-IM camps in Senapati and Chandel districts.
Taking serious note of the matter, UCM had given a deadline to the government for clarifying on how the government failed to notice the presence of designated camps of NSCN-IM in the state in defiance of the ceasefire agreement. Consequently, the chief minister sent an invitation to UCM for discussing the issue minutely on May 17, Yaima informed.
During the meeting, members of UCM submitted a memorandum to the CM and also handed over another memorandum for forwarding it to the Union Home Minister.
With the evidence of the presence of NSCN-IM camps in the state, UCM has pressured the government to make public its stand on the issue. If the government fails to remove illegal NSCN-IM camps from the state, UCM would not remain as a silent spectator, Yaima informed.
During the meeting, CM Biren revealed that the state government has also submitted letters regarding the matter to Union Home Secretary through Chief Secretary Manipur and continued that the government would take legal actions against NSCN-IM right after COVID-19 crisis is over.
Regarding the office memorandum issued by Chief Secretary directing the CSOs and NGOs to deposit relief materials for distribution among the people at respective food banks, members of UCM pointed out that such orders showed lack of appreciation of the works done by CSO and Community leaders who have been working at the ground level.
They also urged CM to review the order so that the both the people and the government could co-operate and work together.
BM Yaima also informed that during the meeting, UCM appealed to the government to hold a meeting with CSO leaders so that the Consultative Committee policy of the government could be reviewed.

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