Jiribam, Sept 3: A joint meeting of the Hmar, Paite, Thadou-Kuki and Bengali (Hindu and Muslim) Student bodies and various social organisation of all Jiribam was held at Buthangkhal today. The joint meeting decided to form a JAC (Joint Action Committee) for the Protection of Tribal and Minority Peoples’ Right, Jiribam. In the meeting, the three bills passed on 31st August 2015, namely, The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015; The Manipur Land Revenues and Land Reforms (7th Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Manipur Shops and Estebalishment (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2015 was discussed and objected upon.
The meeting also condemned the brutality of the state police force who had opended fire upon the protestors of the passing of the Bill in Churachandpur town leading to the lost of 8 lives (including a minor 10 years old boy) on 31st August and 1st September. While condeming the step motherly treatment by the Manipur govt of the tribals and other minorities in Manipur and the highhandedness of the Govt of Manipur in dealing with the protestors of the passing of the three bills, the joint meeting observed a one minute silence in remembrance of the departed eight soul. The meeting also resolved to observe a candle lit vigil on 5 Sept at 6:30 PM in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in the protest.
The JAC for the Protection of Tribal and Minority Peoples’ Right has also decided to call a 48 hours all vehicles bandh on the Silchar-Imphal Highway and Jiri-Tipaimukh Road starting from 6 AM of 7th September 2015 in objection to the passing of the three bills. The JAC has exempted medical and religious duties from the bandh. All tribals and Bengali (Hindu and Muslim) are requested to observe the candle lit vigil on 5 September, 2015 also lend support to the bandh.