KANGPOKPI: Alleging the Biren-led BJP Government of a sinister design and hemogenic act over the disputed site of National Sports University at L. Tangnaum village (Haraothel), the CSOs of Kangpokpi have called for a total bandh from 1:00 PM of October 5 till midnight of October 10.
The decision was taken in a late joint meeting of all the civil society organizations of Kangpokpi District including KWU Sadar Hills, KTC, KWWO, KYU, etc. under the aegis of KSO Sadar Hills endorsed by Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi District with consultation KSO-GHQs, all branches of KSO, Kuki Inpi Manipur, ATSUM and tribal organizations in the state.
All vehicular movement, business establishments, functioning of all Government institutions will be closed during the total bandh in the district.
According to joint meeting resolution, only emergency service such as medical, press and media, etc. will be exempted from the purview of the bandh while cautioning that violators will bear it’s own responsibility.
It may be mentioned that currently demarcation of the NSU campus at the disputed land of L. Tangnaum village (Haraothel) in Kangpokpi District was conducted since yesterday.
KSO Sadar Hills President Thangminlen Kipgen said that the total bandh is out of public anger over the repeated efforts of the state Government to encroach the land of Haraothel in the name of development without accommodating the sentiment of the concerned tribal populace for which it [the total bandh] shall be considered as people’s bandh.
He continued that how can Imphal West district administration claim the entire proposed NSU site under Imphal West district when the state government appointed district boundary committee finding is yet to be finalised?
He also asked why is Manipur state Government ignoring the pending case regarding NSU site at the court of National Commission for Scheduled Tribe at New Delhi?
Why is the state Government ignoring its promise to conduct NSU site demarcation in the presence of both Imphal West and Kangpokpi district administration, he further asked.
The KSO Sadar Hills also asked the silence of Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council on the current issue when they have already identified the disputed site as under the administration of SHADC.
Thangminlen Kipgen maintained that we either want shifting of the National Sports University nor oppose the construction and demarcation of the site, it is the sinister attitude of state Government to bulldoze the plan without proper and legitimate process and ignoring the sentiment of the tribal people that we are against.
Therefore, the state Government must resolve the issue amicably by accommodating the sentiment of all stakeholders over the issue, he added.
The demands of the public are to declare the current illegitimate demarcation as null and void, constitute a proper legitimate demarcation committee, publicize the findings of the state Government’s District Boundary Commission first before conducting the demarcation.
It also appeal ATSUM and other tribal organizations to render all possible support and cooperation in its movement.