UCM offers Langban Heitha Leitha to June 18 Martyrs
IMPHAL: The annual ritual of ‘Langban Heitha-Leitha’ was offered to the martyrs of 2001 Great June Uprising at their Kekrupat memorial complex in Imphal West hosted by the United Committee Manipur (UCM) on Thursday.
UCM president Sunil Karam led the people in offering tribute to the martyrs.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the function, Sunil Karam alleged that the Government still continues its malicious design to split the different ethnic groups which have been coherently settling in the state for years.
People of the state do not oppose any solution to the protracted peace talk going on between the Government of India and NSCN-IM. Nevertheless, UCM along with the people will fight tooth and nail if the final solution of the peace pact infringes the integrity of the state, Sunil cautioned.
Stating that the Prime Minister office has reportedly hinted that a final pact may be signed by September this year, the UCM leader said people of the state also welcome the peace talk reaching a final conclusion. However, the final solution of the talk should remain well within the boundary of Nagaland only.
Recalling that Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a meeting on November 25, 2019 assured the COCOMI delegation that people of the state would be consulted while bringing solution to the peace talk, Sunil Karam urged the Centre to keep their commitment. Till date, stakeholders of the state have not been informed by the Centre about the progress of the talks
We will not accept if the centre happens to consult with stakeholders just for namesake after finalization of the talk, he said and demanded that people of the state should be recognized as one of the parties of the talk if it involves the state.
In view of the peace talk likely headed to be settled within this month, Sunil called upon the people to remain alert at such critical hour.
Stating that the protracted Naga peace talk achieved a landmark when the India Government and NSCN-IM signed a Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015, Sunil said that it created a strong apprehension among the masses as its contents have not been put in public domain till date.
He made it clear that the integrity of Manipur must not be disturbed, any sort of ethnic-based administrative division would not be tolerated and that people and state Government should not be bypassed if the peace talk affects interest of the state.
The annual Langban Heitha-Leitha is held every year at Kekrupat to fondly remember and honour the martyrs of June Uprising. The victims of June 18, 2001 episode sacrificed their lives for the cause of territorial integrity of Manipur, the UCM President noted.