Mangaluru, Jun 06, 2023: In a display of solidarity with the people of Manipur who have been affected by the ongoing unrest in the state, several like-minded organizations, namely Catholic Sabha Mangaluru and United Christian Forum Mangaluru, organized a rally titled "Peace be in Manipur." Many took part in large numbers in the rally near the Clock Tower on Tuesday June 6.
During the gathering, an appeal was made to the government, urging them to take all necessary actions to restore peace and assist those who have been impacted by the situation.
Roy Castelino, the PRO of the Mangalore diocese, expressed strong condemnation of the atrocities inflicted upon the people of Manipur. He highlighted the loss of lives, destruction of houses, schools, and churches, and emphasized that while caste politics may be a contributing factor, there seems to be a deeper conspiracy behind the unrest. Castelino questioned the silence of the police in the face of such chaos and public property destruction, demanding a resolution to the issue and the delivery of justice. He also provided an overview of the underlying reasons that led to the unrest in Manipur.
Fr Faustine Lobo, the parish priest of Immaculate Conception Church in Kinnigoli, criticized the government and elected representatives for their failure to protect the people and enforce the law. He viewed this as a tacit endorsement of the unrest and stated that the public has every right to question the government’s actions. Lobo raised concerns about the delayed visit of Home Minister Amit Shah to Manipur, occurring 27 days after the initial destruction. He further criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for remaining silent and prioritizing election campaigning over the welfare of the people.
DYFI leader Muneer Katipalla, Sr Cecilia Mendonca, provincial superior, Stany Lobo, president of Mangaluru Pradesh Catholic Sabha, PRO Mangalore diocese Fr JB Saldanha Fr Maxim Noronha, Norine Pinto, ICYM president, Anil Sequeira and others were present.