Imphal, Oct. 8: Manipur’s Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Prepak) and Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak-Progressive (Prepak-Pro) have rejected the offer for peace talks with the Centre. The decision was announced on the eve of their 35th foundation day.
In separate statements issued today, Prepak chairman N. Nongdrenkhomba and Prepak (Pro) chairman Paliba M. said they would not hold talks with the Centre.
The stand taken by the two armed groups is on the line of the decision taken by an umbrella body of seven militant groups under the banner of Co-ordination Committee. These two groups are constituent members of the body.
The committee announced a few days back that it would not enter into any dialogue with the Centre.
Stating that the root of the armed conflict in Manipur was forcible annexation of the state, Nongdrenkhomba said the issue could be politically settled only when India and its forces withdrew from Manipur.
Paliba also said India should admit that it forcibly annexed Manipur and its freedom should be restored.
Nongdrenkhomba said peace talks under the suspension of operations arrangement or any alternative arrangement could never solve the problem. He also attributed the frequent bandhs and economic blockades as a fallout of the Centre’s divide-and-rule policy to create enmity among communities.
The two leaders said influx in Manipur, “surrender dramas” and military civic action programmes were not only to crush the freedom struggle but also a policy of Indianisation.
Paliba said Manipur was second to Uttar Pradesh in fake encounter cases.
Reacting to the Supreme Court’s admission of a petition filed by two NGOs of Manipur seeking investigation into alleged fake encounter killings, he demanded that chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh should be “punished” as he masterminded them.
He further said India has never been sincere when it came to infrastructure development of Manipur.
In an unrelated development, an IED planted by Peoples Liberation Army militants exploded at Moidangpok along Imphal-Jiribam road in Imphal West this morning, police said.
The bomb exploded soon after a convoy of the Assam Rifles passed the area. However, no one was injured.
In protest against the explosion, local residents blocked the road briefly.