UNC alleges SHDDC of coercion
Source: Hueiyen News Service / Newmai News Network
Imphal, October 25 2011:
The United Naga Council (UNC) alleged that supporters of the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) are forcing educational institutions, Naga villages and other non Kuki villages in Sadar Hills and Saitu sub-division to participate in rallies, economic blockade and other programme for demanding Sadar Hills district against their wishes and desires.
"It has therefore become necessary to advise the concerned individuals/organizations to desist from such acts of coercion which has no place in democracy.
Such unacceptable acts would only create greater rift on communal lines.
We also strongly urge the targeted institutions and villages to be vigilant and to firmly oppose such forcible impositions and refrain from participating in any such communally designed programmes, UNC said.
It then stated that while condemning "the short sighted and selfish actions" of some sections under Chingai and Phaibung District Council Constituency which was engineered to dampen the people's movement for securing an alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur, the United Naga Council would like to acknowledge those villagers in two constituencies who had heeded to the call of the Naga people under the aegis of the United Naga Council and abstained from the election process that has been declared " null and void" on July 1, 2010 Naga People's Convention.
"Their resolute stand in upholding the peoples' decision in spite of the use of money power and muscle power and their resistance to the forcible imposition of the ADC by election has been most laudable and inspiring," the UNC stated.