IMPHAL: Various bodies from across the state such as United NGOs Mission Manipur (UNMM), Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM), All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO), United Peoples’ Front (UPF), Khurmi Naga Peoples’ Organization (KNPO) and its frontal organisations, while expressing deep sorrow and shock, have called for a peaceful coexistence and harmony between villagers of Aimol Chingnunghut and Aimol Khunyai under Tengnoupal District, Manipur.
On September 25, 2020, a clash occurred between the Aimol communities of the two villages over a land dispute, reportedly, during which a Pastor died and over 20 were said to be injured.
UNMM is shock for this unfortunate incident which led to loss of a pastor and injured more than 20 villagers from both villages, Wahida Beguam, Asst. Coordinator of UNMM said in a press release adding that it felt displeasure over such incident between villagers and created misunderstand among themselves. Such incident will not solve misunderstanding among us but only will ruin our community and created disadvantages for all of us, it stated.
Expressing deep concern, UNMM appealed to the Aimol villagers that to stop physical attack and to resolve the differences through dialogue and other means for advancement and progress of the community. Let such incident be the last and let move forward to strengthen the relationship and progress of the community, it stated.
The Kuki Inpi Manipur also expressed its sadness to learn the news of the violent clash between Aimol Chingnunghut and Aimol Khunyai.
S. Gouminlun Gangte, Secy. Information and Publicity of KIM said that Pastor Thangjalal Aimol was severely assaulted by one Alim alias Korsosong a cadre of NSCN (IM} when he went to pacify the incensed group.
While extending its deepest condolences to the bereaved family of (L) Thangjalal Aimol, the Kuki Inpi Manipur appeal to the government to take befitting actions against Mr Alim alias Korsosong a cadre of NSCN (IM) involved in the killing the Pastor.
It also urged a joint effort from all society to condemn this sickening action of intolerance and hatred committed by the NSCN (IM) while adding that Alim alias Korsosong should be arrested and brought before the courts and prosecuted for his criminal act in the earliest possible date.
The All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO) also informed that it was deeply saddened by the unfortunate violence that took place between two villages over a land dispute which caused the death of one person and injuries to 23 others.
In a press release AMCO expressed its genuine concern over the prevailing situation between the two villages and called for peaceful coexistence and harmonious living among them. The apex Christian organization in the state further urged villagers from both sides to accept and love one another, the way in which Christian values love, tolerance, forgiveness, sharing and acceptance which are the only means to live in peaceful coexistence. It appealed to both villages to come out with assurances for happy and peaceful coexistence in the name of “our lord Jesus Christ”.
However, the organization was categorical about its condemnation for any form of violence and requested everyone not to spread rumors, false messages and videos through social media and other channels which will bring confusion and mistrust between the communities.
Further, the Christian body requested the people of Manipur to pray continually for the state so that there will be peace and harmony in the state through the blessings of the Almighty God while expressing its solidarity with the bereaved families and assured to pray for all the injured people.
The United Peoples’ Front (UPF), Manipur also termed the September 26, 2020 violence between two adjacent Aimol villages namely Aimol Chingnunghut and Aimol Khunyai as very unfortunate and heartbreaking.
A press release of UPF, Manipur signed by its Assistant Secretary Publicity M. Sunil Meitei made a direct appeal to the state government to look into the matter very seriously so that unwanted incidents in the future can be avoided. Many similar incidents had occurred many times which resulted in injuries and in some cases even fatalities. Due to the impact of the face-offs, tension have been brought between hills and valley people even in the past, and there is likelihood of the undesirable incidents happening again in the future,
According to the opinion of UPF, the unwanted frequency of such incidents can be linked to the failure of the state government which has not created any policy that can last long and also help in jurisdiction of who is right or wrong in land dispute. Deploying security personnel and imposing CrPC Section 144 will not be a long lasting solution, so the state government needs to carry out a correct land survey concerning all the disputed land/boundaries.
The UPF, Manipur urged the state government for a proper land survey of all disputed land that is in both hills and valleys so that such cruel clashes will come down even by a moderate degree in the state.
On the other hand, the two villages which have been dwelling over their livelihood, suffering, difficulties etc for the last many years have fallen on the violent path, UPF stated claiming that pressures from external interest could be behind the occurrence of such incidents.
The front appealed to all the people in the state to offer helpful contributions for avoidance of such unwanted incidents between neighboring villages and also in helping to bring an amicable solution so that warring villages can live with love like in the past.
The Khurmi Naga Peoples’ Organization (KNPO) and its frontal organizations (Namely Naga Students’ Union Chandel, Naga Women Union, Chandel, Chandel District Christian Forum) also
expressed its concern at the spontaneous violence.
The Civil Society Organizations of Khurmi at large is unhappy at the violence and its consequences and also deeply share with the victims of conflict from both the Aimol brother villages. Moreover, the violence has also caused a human life which is really unfortunate for humanity, the CSOs stated.
We deeply share the grief with the bereaved family members and all the persons, it stated and appealed to the community and the villagers to prevail the sense of brotherhood and forgiveness of Christian faith at this moment and the rest of the future days.
The KNPO along with the Naga Tribe Leaders of Khurmi and the Frontal Oganizations had also visited both the villages and some of the victims family on September 27, 2020 and urged the both leaders of the villages to maintain peace and take the path of cultivating the sense to live together as brother and inculcate the conscience to avoid violent means to achieve their interest.
The Chandel CSOs also appreciated the initiatives of the State Government and State Police Departments and other organizations within and outside the district for showing concerns and solidarity to stop violence. We sincerely feel that the two bother villages will reciprocate for dialogue to defuse any tense situation in future for the well-being of the public, it stated.