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No talks sans independence of Manipur on the table: PREPAK

FILE PHOTO: PREPAK observing foundation day

The proscribed outfit rejects govt’s talk offer a trap. It urges the people not to organise any entertainment programme on the occasion of “Athoubasinggi Ningsing Numit” on November 12.

TFM Desk

The proscribed outfit, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), on Tuesday asserted that without the agenda of independence of Manipur on the table, it won’t have talks with the government. 

PREPAK, in a release, maintained that the recent appeal to the armed insurgents to come to the negotiation table and join the mainstream was nothing but a trap that has been used by the government in the past as well. 

Decrying the recent press release by the Home Department, the outfit asserted that it is nothing but a ploy to portray the revolutionary outfits of the state in a bad light. It was a shameful and an unhonourable move by a country which has been eyeing for a permanent seat at the United Nations’ Security Council, it added. 

PREPAK also asserted that the people have been standing against the annexation of Manipur by the Indian Union, while maintaining that the disputed Merger Agreement of 1949 violates the Manipur Constitution Act, 1947 and the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, 1969. 

“Since India has not been able to answer the ‘national question’, it has been trying to suppress the revolutionary movement of independence by using its large force, unsuccessfully. So they have been trying to trap the movement by appealing to join the mainstream,” it said. 

Since the launch of the Scheme for Surrender Cum Rehabilitation of Militants in North East in 1998, as many as eight outfits and cadres of others have been successfully rehabilitated. Many incentives have also been given to them after the scheme was modified in 2018, it added. 

PREPAK maintained that the revolutionary movement has been waged not because Manipur lacks development or to destroy the unity of India. Rather it is a movement to regain the lost independence of Manipur, it added. 

Stating that since the Maoist insurgency in some states of the country is an internal matter, AFSPA-1958 has not been imposed in these areas even after killings of hundreds of central forces now and then, PREPAK maintained that India does not consider Manipur as its own. 

PREPAK further maintained that the turmoil in the state is a result of the action of the “Indian Occupying Forces” and the retaliation afterwards. In the past, the insurgents of the state were called “misguided youths” by the Indian government and its puppet government in the state. It was an attempt to mislead the people, it added. 

PREPAK also maintained that ever since Manipur was annexed by India, the bond between the hill and valley brethrens have been shattered by setting up separate administrations. Now the people are confused about their origins and an attempt has been made to destroy the way of life of the people of the state, it added. 

The proscribed outfit further contended that the anti-insurgency operation in the state has become a money making machine for many officers of military and para military forces. They finance and supply arms and ammunition to smaller ethnic based outfits and use them in their design to make profits, it added. 

If not the Kangleicha who have become Indian, a true Kangleicha would never call for the outfits to surrender to India, PREPAK asserted and urged those who have become victims of electoral politics to think carefully. The revolutionary movement of independence for Manipur has been waged to establish an independent, peaceful, egalitarian and developed society, it said. 

On the other hand, PREPAK also urged the people not to organise any entertainment programme on the occasion of “Athoubasinggi Ningsing Numit” on November 12. It also appealed to the people to light a candle at the gates of one’s home. 

The Red Army, the armed wing of PREPAK also saluted all the martyrs of the movement on the occasion. 

PREPAK also remembered the incident of November 12, 1978, when a combined force of CRPF and Manipur police attacked a transit camp of the outfit at Leimarok, Kameng, and killed Dhiren and Kabikamta and a cadre of PLA, Gambhir, who was staying in the camp. It also recalled the contribution of its leader, Ningthemcha Tulachandra aka Loyataba who died on November 12, 1985 in an unfortunate incident. 

PREPAK has been observing November 12 as “Athoubasinggi Ningsing Numit”, remembering the bravehearts, since 1979. 

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