Curfew imposed in Haraothel; ATSUM, KSO condemn mob retaliation
KANGPOKPI: Considering the unprecedented breach of peace and tranquility in and around the National Sports University, District Magistrate Kangpokpi issued a prohibitory order under 144 Cr.P.C. restricting movement of any person in the schedule area of Haraothel (L. Tangnaum) village in Kangpokpi District.
The District Magistrate, Kangpokpi, Somorjit Salam, IAS issued the prohibitory order in exercise of power conferred under Section 144 of the code of Criminal Procedure 1973 and detailed T. Opendro Singh, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Kangchup-Geljang for Magisterial duty for maintenance of law and order in the area.
The prohibitory order shall cover the Government servant concerned with te control of law and orders.
Meanwhile, the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has strongly condemned the retaliation by mob (supporting Senjam Chirang, Senjam Khunou and Koutruk) today in an obvious afterthought following Wednesday’s agreement reached between the state government and KSO Sadar Hills over NSU and urge utmost restraint.
It said that on October 7, the state government and the Kuki students Organisation (KSO), Sadar Hills signed an agreement regarding the issue of National Sports University, Haraothel. Unfortunately, the mob blocked all roads leading to hill villages surrounding Leimakhong to Haraothel (L. Tangnuam) Village, destroyed signboards (displaying Kangpokpi District) at Leimakhong Mission Veng and keeping the villagers in terror.
In an ugly turn of events, thousands of mob marched to Haraothel village displaying symbolic show of force, threatening and intimidating Haraothel (L. Tangnuam) villagers by resorting to go offensive, it added.
It also said that the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur strongly condemned the barbaric act of the mob (drunk) with machetes, knives and stick marching in thousands to Haraothel (L. Tangnuam) village while adding that had they not been stopped by Manipur Police under Kangpokpi District, the situation could turn into a volatile situation.
The tribal student body asserted that the action of the mob is ill-fated and lacks any reasonable cause and it is obvious that the step is an afterthought following yesterday’s agreement reached between the state government and KSO Sadar Hills.
The student body also considered the actions of the mob as an attack on the innocent surrounding villages trying to give a communal tone to a demand which must be avoided at all cost.
It further said that we the tribal student body strongly condemned any form of retaliation and aggression which are not acceptable in a civilised society and to avoid and mitigate the risk of retaliation, state government must take steps to enhance security for the surrounding villagers and speed up the process of resolving the issue of National Sports University so that peace and tranquillity prevail.
ATSUM also found it prudent to question the government as to how unsurveyed hill land area was acquired without the knowledge and approval of the Autonomous District Council and Hill Area Committee.
It also said that the area being donated for setting up NSU falls under unsurveyed hill land area till 2009.
Meanwhile, KSO Twibul lhang also condemned the barbaric attacked on innocent villagers of Leimakhong and Haraothel (L. Tangnaum) villages by valley people residing in and around Leimakhong and NSU site in the strong term.
The student body lauded N. Biren Singh-led BJP coalition Government for upholding justice by acknowledging the facts and considering renaming NSU as NSU Haraothel, Kangpokpi District.
It asserted that the issue of Leimakhong Chingmang and NSU Haraothel (L. Tangnaum) is very much different and appeal valley based CSOs not to merged the issued of Leimakhong Chingmang issue and NSU Haraothel isssue.
It also said that on learning the destruction of Laipham we have enquired the matter and its seems the destruction was unintentionally done out of confrontation among the two community and we strongly condemned the act.
It also appeal not to repeat the uncivilized act of brutality and barbarism which was demonstrated today at Leimakhong and Haraothel (L. Tangnaum) villages in future rather promote and maintain peace and tranquility in the area.