‘Won’t allow Manipur to be divided’

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IMPHAL, JUNE 19: Prominent civil society organizations came together on Monday to commemorate the Great June Uprising, in which 18 protesters were killed in police firing in 2001, and said the people of Manipur will stand firm to protect Manipur’s territorial integrity.
The public meeting was jointly organized by the United Committee Manipur (UCM) and the All Manipur United Committee Manipur (Amuco). “The Centre has been trying to break Manipur. The UCM and AMUCO have foiled such sinister designs,” Sunil Karam, president of UCM and chairperson of the observance committee, said. He added, “If such an attempt is made again, the UCM, Amuco and the people of Manipur will continue the fight.”
On the same day, the United Naga Council (UNC) imposed a total shutdown in Naga-inhabited areas of the state in pursuit of its long-standing demand for an early settlement of the Naga talks. Traffic along the Imphal-Dimapur and Imphal-Jiribam highways came to a halt. Business establishments at Naga areas were also closed. (TNN)