Rajya Sabha members demand Govt word over Manipur killings

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New Delhi, Mar 19 (UNI) The killing of 14 Hindi speaking people in Manipur this week agitated Rajya Sabha members who today demanded the government take firm measures to control the situation.

Raising the issue in the House during Zero Hour, Mr Shahid Siddiqui of the Samajwadi Party said the massacre was the work of some terrorist groups and the majority of Manipuris bore no hatred towards Hindi speaking people.

People from Hindi speaking regions were so far facing hostility in Assam and Maharashtra, but now it had spread to Manipur too, which had alarming implications for the unity and integrity of the country.

''I love the North East, and I understand that they love us too, and it was only the terrorist outfits that they were indulging in such killings,'' he said.

In fact, the aim of those outfits was not just the killing of some people, but to terrorise the Hindi speaking people as a whole so as to drive them out of the region, he said and demanded that the government take firm steps to tackle the situation.

''When such things happen in Kashmir, you associate terror with the whole community,'' he added.

''These are the people who are poor and leave their home and hearth in search of livelihood. They in fact serve the region by their sweat and blood, so hostility to them should be taken as an attack on the unity and integrity of the country. The government should tell what it was going to do to stop it'' he said.

All other members shared Mr Siddiqui's concern and endorsed his demand.

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