AMUCO moots 'forgive and forget'
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 10: Strongly condemning the internecine killings at Moreh, the All Manipur United Clubs' Organisation (AMUCO) has termed the incident as most unfortunate for all the people of Manipur inhabiting both the hills and valley.

A statement issued by AMUCO, while mourning the loss of eleven precious lives in the violence, noted that it is natural for certain misunderstandings and conflict of opinions to erupt from time to time in the State inhabited by more than 36 ethnic groups professing different religion.

But it is of urgent necessity for all the people of Manipur to ponder over the fact that any temporary/momentary misunderstanding or confrontation during unrestrained moments may sow seeds of untoward and ugly situations in future with far reaching consequences.

At such a critical juncture, it would be most appropriate to follow the principle of 'forgive and forget' in the reconciliation process, observed AMUCO while calling upon the people to combat the situation using the principle of 'forgive and forget'.

Recalling the sad stories of 1993 during which the people of the State killed each other to redner themselves refugees in their own land, though unwittingly, AMUCO took solace that the people of Manipur were able to understand the situation collectively and put under check their misplaced sentiments.

As such, the people were able to bring a lasting solution to the grievous crisis.

It was because of such collective understanding and consciousness on the part of the people that not a single abusive word was exchanged between the people of hills and valley during the historic and momentous people's movement of June 18.The amiable and conscious understanding prevalent among the people have been successful to keep at bay repeated attempts of external forces to create communal rift and conflict in the State, said the statement.

It further called upon the people to see through the diabolic politics and game plan of external forces to make and present any brawl or conflict among some groups or individuals as communal conflicts and to act accordingly so that the people of Manipur do not fall prey to such agenda.

Asserting that it is the responsibility of all social organisations to fight back such evil policies of external forces, AMUCO appealed to the media to shoulder their responsibility to avert any communal conflict.

Sharing the pain and grief being endured by the bereaved families of the 11 deceased persons and those injured in the unfortunate incident, AMUCO prayed that the departed souls may rest in peace in the Heavenly abode. It further appealed to all to help the bereaved families and those undergoing treatment in hospitals.