IMPHAL, April 7 - The first round of talk between Churachandpur-based Joint Action Committee Against Anti- Tribal Bills (JACAATB) and Manipur Government was held with Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh in the chair at the latter�s Secretariat here on Friday.
In the talk, the CM expressed his desire to let the families perform the last rites of the victims considering their mental trauma, official sources said. He also said any crisis or problem can be resolved through talks.
Appealing to the JAC and people of Churachandpur to come forward to the negotiating table, he said that the government is ready to hold negotiations for resolving any issue.
Reiterating that without hills and tribals there is no Manipur, he thanked the JAC for responding to the appeal of the government for talks. The JACAATB submitted a charter of demands to the government. Both sides agreed to have the next round of talk on April 10.
The State team also included Works Minister Th Biswajit Singh, Agriculture and Veterinary Minister V Hangkhanlian, Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen, Tribal Development & Hills Minister N Kayisii and senior officials, while the 11-member JAC delegation was led by its Chief Convenor H Mangchinkhup.
The JACAATB had been spearheading an agitation in Churachandpur after the then government passed three bills including the Protection of Manipur People�s Bills 2015 in the Assembly on August 31, 2015. Nine persons were killed in police firing when the protest allegedly turned violent.