Thousands of Christians staged a silent mass rally in Imphal on October 24 demanding regularization of churches constructed in public places across Manipur. The rally was organized by All Manipur Christian Organization (AMCO) alleging that none of the churches across the state were included when Manipur government regularized 188 worshiping places constructed at public places.
The rallyists carried placards some of which read “We want justice and equal treatment,” “No church no peace”, “We (Christian) for peace and harmony”, “Respect the sanctity of church,” “We demand regularization of Christian worship place,” “Uphold Supreme Court’s order of 29 September 2009.” As reported by nagalandpost, At a public meeting convened at the concluding part of the rally, AMCO president Prim Vaiphei protested against alleged government favoritism of religion. He said, “Despite repeated requests, the chief minister had failed to hear the demands of the Christians in the state even as a total of 188 worshiping places of different religions had already been regularized by the state government. We are extremely unsatisfied with the government’s attempt to demolish churches in public places.”
On the other hand, chief minister N Biren Singh, said that “My government believes in secularism, unity and respect all communities belonging to different religions, creed and caste etc. in the state.”