The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the current law and order situation in Manipur and appealed for immediate restoration of peace and normalcy in the violence-torn state and for humanity to prevail across all social and geo-political spectrums in the North East region.
NESO is a conglomeration of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), representing the collective consciousness and the aspiration of youths and students community of the Northeast region.
NESO members visited Manipur on August 1 to meet several political and student unions’ leaders to discuss measures to resolve the months-old ethnic clash in the northeastern state.
NESO leaders, led by its chairman Samuel Jyrwa, met Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on August 3 and Governor Anusuiya Uikey on August 2, and through her, they submitted a memorandum (dated August 1) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his immediate intervention into crisis in Manipur.
As per the letter submitted to PM Modi, NESO expressed concerns over the prevailing situation that has unfolded in Manipur, “which has collapsed into a state of total anarchy as violence and arson continues to engulf most part of the state for over the last three months.”
“Despite the presence of over 40,000 central forces currently stationed in Manipur in a concerted effort with the state police, wherein the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, has also intervened, the situation is still volatile and normalcy is yet to return in Manipur,” it read.
Reminding the PM that the present conflict has already cost hundreds of lives while irreparable damages have impacted the age-old ties and relationships among multiple communities, NESO said, “People are pained that as a guardian of the country you have remained silent on this very sensitive and unfortunate event.”
NESO also made special mention of the plight of students who are worst affected by this terrifying event and urged PM Modi, to find ways and means to help and ameliorate their situation so that it will not have any adverse impact on their career.