As tension continues to grip violence-hit Manipur, six Naga political groups on Tuesday jointly condemned the acts of violence and call for peace among the communities living in the state. They called for leaders of the concerned communities to hold talks and said that "all sides must make an effort to restore communal harmony."
"A path of violence would not be in the interest of either Nagas or Meiteis" in the state, the Working Group of six Naga political groups said in a statement, strongly condemning the acts of violence against innocent people by a mob of miscreants in Imphal valley in the past few days.
Appealing for calm and restoration of peace in the state, the group called upon the government to act.
"The government of the day must ensure that communal peace and harmony is not hijacked by mobs. The two communities have co-existed for centuries and for the sake of future generations, Nagas and Meiteis must learn to live together as trustworthy friends and neighbors," the Naga leaders said.
Demanding immediate arrest of the perpetrators, the group said, "Targeting innocent people, burning of church, vehicles and looting of passengers,.. This hate campaign must stop".
"… All sides must make an effort to restore communal harmony," they added.
The recent attacks are said to have been carried out by a mob as counter economic blockade called by the United Naga Council in the state. The UNC has been relentless with the demand for the release of their arrested leaders, including their president Gaidon Kamei.
The six political groups are GPRN/National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), NSCN (Reformation), Naga National Council/FGN (Shingnya/Thinosilie), NNC (Z Royim/ V Nagi) NNC/GDRN (Kiumukam/Hetoi) and NNC/NPGN) (Temjenyanger/Hozheto).