Lift blockades appeals KMHR
Sadar Hills women voice strong opposition to cabinet decision
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, September 15 2011:
The Kuki Movement for Human Rights (KMHR) has appealed to the SHDDC, UNC and the state government to take immediate actions to lift the ongoing economic blockades for the sake of the people of the state and to protect the rights of both the State Government and citizens.
KMHR in a press release stated that the state government had recommended six Hill Districts for the State with clear demarcation of boundaries and Parliament of India had approved the six Hill Districts in 1971.The six Hill Districts have been functioning ever since, except Sadar Hills District which has not been converted into a full fledged district and hence the area do not have any Superintendent and Deputy Commissioner.
"Had the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police been provided the un-called-for strikes and blockades could have been avoided, and the hardships of Sadar Hills District could have never happened" it added.
Both the Chief Minister and the Union Home Minister have admitted to the SHDDC delegates that Sadar Hills District is an old case and had assured to upgrad Sadar Hills to a full-fledged district.
The CM had also announced that it will be done within a time bound period.
Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keising also admitted that the Sadar Hills District meets all the criteria for a full-fledged Hill District like the other five existing Hill Districts of the State, it added.
KMHR also expressed strong resentment against the statement of Rishang Keishing who called for re-demarcating the boundary of Sadar Hill District by taking some areas from Sadar Hills District and add those areas to the adjoining Hills Districts.
"Any idea of re-demarcating the boundaries of the existing districts at this point may lead to communal and ended up with disintegration of the State, therefore Parliament Act of 1971 be implemented" KMHR asserted and demanded of Rishang Keishing to withdraw his statement.
Meanwhile, The Sadar Hills Women Union (SHWU) has strongly opposed the cabinet decision to arrest SHDDC leaders for openly calling on the people of Sadar Hills to arm themselves.
SHWU in a press release today alleged that the decision of the government is immature and lacks wisdom as the intention is to suppress the people of Sadar Hills of their legitimate right/demand for district-hood of Sadar Hills.
"The Sadar Hills Women Union will never tolerate any attempt to arrest any of our leaders" it stated.
In the event of Government going ahead with its decision, all the women of Sadar Hills will rise for a more violent and destructive agitation and the government shall be held responsible for any unsavory outcome resulting out of such agitation, it warned.
SHWU also warned individuals or any CSOs to resist from filing case against SHDDC leaders and supporters.