IMPHAL, August 13: “We are in a do or die situation; ready to confront anything that comes in our path” said a women wing demonstrator of Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) while talking to media persons today at Gamgiphai, Sadar hills.
With the demand for a separate district of Sadar hills yet out of sight, agitators supporting the SHDDC, are on the vigil along the National Highway 2 (formerly known as NH-39).
Many aggrieved protestors especially women were seen in large numbers along the National Highway starting from Gamgiphai just about half a kilometer from Sekmai till Kangpokpi area, staging public meets and blocking the highway.
It is not only the Chief Minister but all the leaders of all political parties who have equal responsibility in resolving the issue of the Sadar hills, said Neishi another member of the women protestor wing SHDDC.
The woman protestors further asserted that they are aware of the plan of the government to crush the protestors in order to clear the disrupted route by August 15, however, the protestors will not back of an inch from their ground, “we are in a do or die situation, ready to confront anything that comes in our path” she opined.
Another protestor from Sapermaina, Vaineichin Haokip, secretary of the Sapermaina women committee, emotionally said “We will fight to achieve districthood for Sadar hills at the cost of our lives”.
Citing the prolonged delay in granting districthood to Sadar Hills she questioned whether granting of districthood to Sadar hills will disintegrate Manipur. She further posed how much blood need to shed and lives to be sacrifice in order to achieve district hood for Sadar hills.
In the meantime, passengers stranded along the highway, especially coming from Senapati area were left with no choice but to set on foot till their destination carrying their luggage.