UPF, ZSF, others yearn for peace
Source: The Sangai Express / S Singlianmang Guite

Lamka, June 11: Taking note of the recent violence that beset the border town of Moreh, a conglomerate of various tribal armed groups � the United Peoples' Front (UPF) has convey its desire that sense and prevails upon all form of violent activities.

The prevailing charged atmosphere in the area due to difference between two armed groups has resulted killing and counter killing of innocent civilians, turning it into a communal-violence like situation, where in even a pastor was not spared, it says.

'While violence beset violence, it is the common public and the booming trade at Moreh point that become the victim of our parochial mindset,' it adds.

The front also made a significant remark on alleging that such an ugly incident occurred inspite of the mammoth presence of security forces in the area, but it nevertheless implore for the restoration of peace, tranquillity and communal harmony in the lone international border trade centre of the state.

The Zomi Students Federation, also express serious concern over the tragic incident that erupted in the border town of Moreh and urges every right thinking citizen to take cautious steps to avert any further bloodshed.

Newmai News Network adds: Expressing their saddest feelings over the communal cauldron taking place in Manipur in the last few days, the Naga frontal organisations have urged the concerned parties and authorities to resolve the crisis in the best interest of the people in order to uphold the human rights and human values.

Terming the Moreh town incident as killings of innocent civilians belonging to different ethnic communities by the armed groups at the border town, United Naga Council (UNC), Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Naga Women Union, Manipur (NWUM) and All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) while issuing a joint statement to this Network, said that "while the State is exploring to resolve armed confrontation through democratic means, the conflict of interest, aspirations and ideologies among the existing armed groups are inflicting the civilians and causing human casualties endlessly".

The Naga frontal bodies also said that the danger of involving the civilians is jeopardising the cordial relations among the ethnic communities.

The joint statement then urged that in the greatest interest to uphold the human values and rights of the people, security of the general public is addressed at the earliest by the state government to halt the possibility of escalating the social unrest and violence.

The Naga bodies also appealed to all the sections of the communities to strive for bringing normalcy and peace in the affected areas and elsewhere.