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IMPHAL, June 5: The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has expressed shock on the declaration of its former convener Kh Ratan as wanted by the state government without ascertaining the facts behind the picture which went viral on social media.
Talking to media persons at its Keishampat office, JCILPS convener-in-charge BK Moirangcha said that the government cannot stop the ongoing mass movement for conversion of the three bills into Acts to safeguard the indigenous people even if Ratan was declared wanted.
He suspected that there may be some hidden agendas behind the declaration which came as a shocker.
BK Moirangcha contended that the declaration was purely based on social media reports and that police have not done a proper investigation into it.
Terming the unwarranted reports as unfortunate, he said that it saddened not only members of the committee but also the general public.
The concern banned outfit had already clarified the matter in some local dailies that the outfit is not related to the JCILPS-led movement and Kh Ratan who resigned from the post following the viral picture, he said.
BK Moirangcha also said that if Ratan were found indulging in anti-social activities to promote social unrest and enmity among the different communities then the committee will stand against him.
He reiterated that JCILPS has been launching different forms of democratic agitation just to demand the government to get assent from the President of the country to the three bills unanimously passed in the State Assembly.
If the bills aim at creating social unrest and enmity amongst the different communities then why the government passed it in the Assembly, he asked.
Announcing fresh agitations from June 6 again to consolidate the ongoing people’s movement, he appealed to the students to form a human chain outside the campus of their schools and chant slogans from June 6 to 10 from 12 pm to 1 pm in support of the collective demand.
He also appealed to the local residents to stage sit-in protest and form human chain along Sagolband to Keithelmanbi on June 7 at 2 pm, Konung Mamang to Irilbung on June 8, Keishampat to Hiyangthang along Mayai Lambi on June 9, Moirangkhom to Lilong on June 10, Minuthong to Yaingangpokpi on June 11, Chingmeirong to Awang Sekmai along Imphal-Dimapur road on June 12, Keishampat to Malom along Tiddim Road on June 13, Khurai to Kongba Bazaar along Ayangpali Road on June 14 and at
Keishampat, Waheng Leikai, Nagamapal, Thangmeiband and Chingmeirong on June 15.
The new convener-in-charge further appealed to shopkeepers and owners including Khwairamband Bazaar to hold placards with slogans, “Implement ILPS in Manipur”, “We condemn wanted tag on Kh Ratan”, “Transform the three bills into Acts” etc in front of their shops in solidarity to the ongoing mass movement.