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It is wrong to think all hills belong to tribes: Churamani

IMPHAL | Oct 14 : The land areas of Sekmai assembly constituency including its hills which were approved by the Manipur State Darbar cannot be encroached while creating district boundaries of the newly created seven districts.

The stated resolution was taken today during a public meeting held at Sekmai Kangjeibung Ground community hall, organised by Sekmai Protection Committee (SPC) and Awang Sekmai Advance Women Society (ASAWS). It was organised to discuss the issues of the villagers whose lands are affected.

The meeting also resolved to give full support to the steps taken up by Manipur Valley Village Reserve Forest Rights Protection Association to safeguard the ancestral land of the valley people.

Delivering the guest of honour’s speech, president of SPC, Angom Rajesh said many area of Sekmai assemble constituency including its hills and valley were claimed as falling under Kangpokpi district by the people of Kangpokpi. Claiming the ancestral land of the people of Sekmai assembly constituency by others cannot be acceptable, he added.

Convenor of Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee, Mutum Churamani speaking as resource person said, “It will be very wrong to think that all the hills belong to tribes.”

Recalling the recent landmark judgment of the High Court of Manipur over Manipur University issue, he suggested of taking the matter to the high court as there is documental proof that the land claimed as falling under Kangpokpi district actually belonged to the people settling in the valley.

The affected villagers from the district boundaries of the newly created districts need to stay united to save their ancestral land, he added.

The meeting was attended by former minister, N.Biren as chief guest; Khurkhul GP pradhan, I. Santa as president; Khurkhul GP zilla parishad, A. Bikram; social worker, Ayangbam Oken; ASAWS president, A. Santi Devi; Sekmai Nagar Panchayat chairperson, Kh. Sailendra as guests of honour.

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