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IMPHAL: Six elected members of Autonomous District Councils from Tamenglong and Ukhrul along with their family members became homeless on Monday after the concerned authority executed the eviction order dated August 27, 2018, in order to facilitate sportspersons to reside in the sports complex, Khuman Lampak.
The previous government had allocated the elected members of ADCs to occupy the Sports Complex; and since then, they have been residing there at the State Youth Centre and Sports Hostel No.1, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal.
Bewildered elected ADC members and their families stayed outside the residential centre with all their belongings scattered on the roadside, outside the Hostels of the Sports Complex.
Speaking to media persons, President of All Tribal Rights Protection Forum, Manipur, Joseph Rongmei strongly condemned the action of the government. He said the short eviction order was served to the six elected members of ADCs on August 29, 2018, to vacate the rooms by August 30, 2018.
One of a girl from among the evicted families lamented that they were mistreatment by the state government. “We do not have a place to stay, no place to cook food. Some students are having exams and we even do not have a place to change school uniforms,” she said and urged the government to arrange for alternative home to stay at the earliest.
ADC member of Tamenglong, J. Kamei said, “Our decision is to stay here as long as the government provides us an alternate place to stay. We are sent outside to stay here (on the roadside), and we will do so without going anywhere with all our belongings.”
In a Joint Press Statement issued by Zeliangrong Students’ Union and All Tribal Rights Protection Forum strongly condemned the biased, arbitrary and discriminatory action against the weaker segments of the society. It further alleged that the State has humiliated the elected members of the Hill Districts in an extreme manner.
The statement also said that the eviction order was being issued by exercising powers under Section 3(I)(iii) of the Manipur Public Premises Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants Act, 1978, but the mentioned section could not be found on the said Act.
It further stated that the incumbent ADC members have been waiting to shift at ADC Bhavan, Chingmeirong, as the Chief Minister had ordered the Minister of TA & Hills to vacate the Quarter occupied by ex-ADC members so as to allow the incumbent ADC to shift from the Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak. However, the concerned minister has not taken any step in the matter, it added.
The Joint Tribal bodies urged the attention of the Chief Minister/Home Minister, Minister of TA&Hills and other concerned authorities to keep on hold the eviction order until the evicted families are accommodated at ADC Bhavan or find alternative accommodation.
On the other hand, the Sub-Divisional Officer of Porompat, Selina Thounoujam, said the eviction notice was served on August 27 after proper inquiry, and the occupants were given three days time to vacate the place. She said the authority visited three to four times after the eviction order was served and given them instruction to provide the arrangement for rents and fees by the concerned authority on the humanitarian ground.