CHANDEL, September 14: The Chandel Naga People`™s Organisation organised a peace rally today under the aegis of the United Naga Council to welcome the Peace Accord signed between the Centre and the NSCN (IM) on August 3 and in protest against the three bills passed by the Manipur State Legislative Assembly on August 31.
The rally was organised at Chandel District HQ.
A public meeting was also held at the playground of the Maha Union Government Higher Secondary School, Japhou during which a one-minute silence was also observed to show respect to the nine tribal martyrs who died during the recent Churachandpur unrest.
UNC president Gaidon Kamei, Committee For Alternative Arrangement vice president Ashinpou Gangmei, CNPO president Ws Kanral Anal and other leaders of Naga including Shumsot Khular, vice president Naga Women Union Manipur deliberated about the Naga Peace Accord and the reasons for opposing the three infamous Bills during the public meeting.
The public meeting also condemned the statement of K Ranjit Singh, MLA Sugnu in the Assembly alleging that there is no Naga in Manipur and also boycotted him in Naga areas for his remark against the Nagas.
After the meeting, the rally commenced from the Maha Union Government Higher Secondary School`™s Ground and proceeded toward the Office complex of Deputy Commissioner, Chandel where a memorandum was submitted to Prime Minister of India and Governor of the State through Julie Daryal Anal, SDO Chandel and Machi.
People from all walks of life including Naga Tribes leaders, CSO leaders, village chiefs, church leaders and students participated in the rally by holding several placards inscribed with a slogans `We welcome the peace Accord, Respect Tribal Rights, oppose the infamous 3 bills, Naga integration is a must for final solution, etc.`