Imphal, Oct. 8: The Revolutionary People’s Party of Kangleipak (Prepak) and Prepak (Progressive) today blamed New Delhi for divisions among communities in Manipur leading to demands for an alternative arrangement and a homeland.
Prepak chairman N. Nongdrenkhomba and Prepak (Progressive) chairman Paliba M. today issued here separate statements to mark the outfits’ foundation day tomorrow.
“The demand for an alternative arrangement (for the Nagas) and the homeland demand (by Kuki organisations) are the results of divisive policies of the Centre. The communities are instigated by the Centre to make such demands,” Paliba said in a statement.
Nongdrenkhomba said the communal hatred and riots in the Western Southeast Asian region (Northeast) was the result of divide and rule policy of the Centre to suppress the “freedom movements” of the region.
Both parties opposed Ti-paimukh power project and oil exploration in Manipur.
“Tipaimukh project will not benefit Manipur. It will benefit only a few. The project will destroy the environment of the state and devastate sources of livelihood of the people around the project,” Nongdrenkhomba said.
The projects would benefit only a few companies and individuals at the cost of Manipur’s resources, Paliba said.
Official sources said security was tightened at vital installations particularly in and around Imphal in view of the organisations’ foundation day.
Prepak (Progressive) exploded an IED at the main gate of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s office complex in August this year. No one was, however, injured in the blast.
“We have intensified patrol and frisking in and around Imphal city in view of the raising day of the two underground organisations,” a senior police officer said.
While Nongdrenkhomba blamed New Delhi for shrinking boundary line of Manipur, Paliba questioned the credibility of India as the largest democratic country in the world when it remained “insensitive” to the 13-year-long hunger strike by Irom Sharmila demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.