IMPHAL: With regards to the site of the National Sports University, the controversy which has brought the state to a standstill, the government on Friday slammed the circulation of ‘fake document’ on social media with regards to the site of the university.
In a statement, Forest and Environment Minister Awangbow Newmai stated that the State Government reaffirms the site of the National Sports University which had been submitted to the Central Government in earlier instances.
The State Government condemns and considers it unfortunate, the circulation of fabricated information in various social media based on fake documents regarding the University, the Minister said.
The State Government will take necessary action against persons responsible for such mischief and continue to consult all stakeholders and extend cooperation in future, to ensure that the National Sports University becomes operational with least delay, Newmai said.
Meanwhile, the Protest against the MoU signed among the Manipur Government, KSO and Kuki Inpi Manipur which specified the NSU site as under Kangpokpi continued unabated.
On Friday morning around 7.30, a public meeting was held at Khurkhul Sevok Leikai and resolved to restrict movement of any individual who disrupts boundary demarcation of NSU and attempts to include Haraothel area in Kangpokpi district. Protestors blocked road following the resolution.
At Sekmai area, a large number of protestors came out on the street and blocked the Imphal-Dimapur National highway by burning tyres and piling up of stones on the road. Police team led by IG zone -1 K. Jayenta rushed to the spot to control the protestors but failed to pacify the agitators.
At Senjam Khunou, protestors staged sit in protest denouncing the agreement. They also took out a protest rally upto the Helipad at NSU. The rally culminated at Senjam Khunou after passing through Koutruk.
Locals of Lairenkabi, Kadangband, Phayeng and Koutruk also took out protest in and around the village. However, police dispersed the rally by firing tear gas shells.
Meanwhile, unknown miscreants dismantled two houses at Leimakhong Chingmang on Thursday late evening around 7.30. The houses belong to Heikham Amuthoi(61) and Jiban(40) of Khurkhul.
Getting information about dismantling of the houses, some locals rushed to the spot. However, eight persons sustained injury when physically assaulted by the unknown armed persons. They injured persons were hospitalized at Public Health Centre Khurkhul. Among the injured victims, health condition of one Khaidem Chinglen of Khurkhil is stated to be critical. Two individuals namely Irungbam Purnachandra (55) and Iqbal Hussainn (24) were detained and brutally beaten black and blue, said the source.
According to Leimakhong Chingmang Village Secretary Moirangthem Birchandra, the entire area of Leimakhong Chingmang falls within the revenue district of Imphal west. It is unacceptable to include the area in Kangpokpi district.
He informed that villagers of Leimakhong Chingmang have fled from the area due to threat. Government should manage to normalize the situation by conducting proper boundary demarcation.
Following the violent protest erupted, Government has deployed CRPF personnel in Leimakhong and Haraothel area to prevent untoward incident.