Mokokchung, 27 August (MTNews): Outer Manipur MP Dr Lorho S Pfoze has expressed his concern over the prevailing situation in his home state and is hoping for normalcy at the earliest.
Stating that the present ethnic conflict between the Meiteis and Kukis in Manipur has lingered on for more than three months now, the NPF MP from outer Manipur expressed his hope that the Centre will not allow violence to continue.
“We only wish that certain drastic steps be taken by the Center to put an end to all the violence and terror. And we sincerely hope normalcy will come in a very quick manner,” East Mojo reported MP Lorho as saying.
The MP said this in Ukhrul while attending the valedictory function of the 30th general conference of the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF).
Recalling the conflict between Nagas and Kukis in the 1990s, the MP said there were a lot of killings and uneasiness among the communities. Lorho also added that even after the ethnic conflict was over, tensions still persisted.
Likewise, the conflict between Meitei Pangals (Muslims) and Meitei Hindus happened, though it was for a short duration; however, he said such conflicts created so much tension among the communities.
MP Lorho also expressed his apprehension over the ongoing ethnic conflict which might not be over anytime soon, stating that the communities have their own rigid views.
“Both the conflicting communities have a trust deficit towards each other, so any peace mission should be led by a neutral third party. However, even the Center seems to be facing a lot of difficulties on how to intervene in the present crisis,” said the MP.
He further stated that although complete restoration of normalcy in the state may take some time, however, the incident of violence has come down over the past few weeks.
“I hope that people will not only become fatigued because of violence but realize that violence is not going to bring any good for our people and the state,” MP Lorho was reported to have stated.