By Madhu Chandra
Stories of menace in Indiaâ€™s north eastern state Manipur continues. Brutal killing of Manipur Civil Service Dr. Kishan, Prof Islamuddin and social worker Krishnadas, the fires is still not quenched. One more flame, Oh God, this time, socking incident of fake encounter of cold blood killing by state security forces in princely state of Manipur.
Killing of Manipuri by non-Manipuri Indian security forces used to be allegation until recent time. It is not true anymore! Public suffering at the hands of militants still continues, but, surprise is the fact of unreported ongoing killing of cold blood by state security forces.
Manipur burns again on fake encounter on July 23, killing a man and a pregnant woman just a kilometre away from state Assembly House in day light. Indiaâ€™s Central Government has habit of hearing after the state burns; this is at least true whenever such incident happened in Manipur.
Thanks to the Tehelka magazine that not only exposes the picture of cold blood killing of July 23 which contradicts the police version of killing at encounter but for provoking at national debate.
Mr. O. Ibobi Singh, honourable Chief Minister of Manipur is very experienced politician; he actually knows how to keep his ears, eyes and mouth shut whenever mayhem takes place in kingdom. His most esteemed experience in handling the mayhem like the current one, by allowing another crime or case takes over and burry the older underneath.
Honest question, every citizen of Manipur need to ask, is about who actually kills who in Manipur? Do not be surprises by the fact that the victimisation of killing culture does not to all communities in Manpur. It is killing between Meiteis. Be it by state security forces or militants, it is killing of Meiteis by their own people.
The beauties of Manipur once known twenty five years ago, have taken away by state forces of Arm Special Forces Power Act of 1958 and mushrooming non-state forces of militants.
No one born after 1980s will ever know that the princely state Manipur was known for its beauty and social fabric among its different communities, but the image of the state has totally changed. Who should hold responsible for hell like situation in Manipur? If no concrete steps are taken on time, the state will face more bloodshed in days to come.
The state and its people have suffered enough. Hundreds of lives of people are affected by the communal clashes among the tribes. The lives of people are agonised by the diktats of militants, extortion, killing, threatening, now by men in uniforms. No doubt, this is not going end soon.
The violation of human rights of civil society in the state of Manipur has reach high sky yet not known by the world and the nation, less care by Central political bureaucrat.
State governmentâ€™s plan to suppress the militant groups by recruiting extra security forces with the provision of existing 50 years old draconian law of Arm Force Power Act, has added more burnt to already wounded lives. People want to live in peace, fed up of killing culture.
For age old crisis of the state, is state Government and state security forces really honest in their drive to suppressed militancy of state? The very signpost of state forces propaganda, is very doubtful to do anything better to change the situation of the state.
Inability is the position of Ibobi Government in Manipur to tackle the situation of the state. Unless alternative measurement taken up sooner, the harder the situation of the state will become to undo afterward!