Press Release: Mass rally held at Ukhrul, Manipur

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Press Release

There was a mass rally held today, 19th. 08.2011 starting from 9.30 am in Ukhrul District and all other Naga hill area in Manipur protesting against the upgradation of Sadar Hill District into full fledged District. The rally in Ukhrul was joined en mass by the Tangkhul frontal organization which includes Students, concern citizens, farmers, housewives, senior citizens, civil societies and other various organizations. The rally is mainly spearheaded by Tangkhul Katamnao Long, Tangkhul Shanao Long, Tangkhul Naga Long and Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long.

The rally which was initiated by United Naga Council (UNC) were seen being participated by thousands of concern Tangkhul-Naga joins hands demanding and making a firm declaration that – without the consent of the Nagas not an inch of the Nagas land could be touched by an outsider, part away and alter in creation of Sadar Hills District. The Tangkhul- Nagas strongly condemn the devisive policy of Ibobi’s led Government to infuse communal hatred among the peaceful co-existing tribals. They call upon the government of Manipur to respect the previous MOU which was sign between the government of Manipur and the Nagas apex social organization on 1981,1982,1996 and 1998.

 

The Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) during an exclusive interview mentioned that the Naga villages under the demand of Sadar hill District cover Naga tribal villages from liangmai tribe, Tangkhul, Thangal , Maring, Mao and poumai. More than around 47 Tangkhul- Naga villages are situated in the said demand of the so-called Sadar hill District. Nagas have been living in their forefather land from time immemorial unlike the Kuki refugees who were migrated mostly from the Chin-Burma (Myanmar) province during the British era as a labourer and who started setting up camps around the places wherever the Britisher’s made their Headquarters mostly in North East of India. In regard to the statement they claim that the Kuki-refugees in Manipur state have no rights to blow their own trumpet to claim a District or Homeland by bifurcating an inch of the Nagas land without the consent of the Nagas.

The Naga people as a mass warn the Government of Manipur (GoM) that they should look into the matter thoroughly and should not take hasty decisions which will resulted in marring the sentiments of the Naga people in Manipur or which will resulted in inter- communal disturbance. If such incidents happen in future it was declared that the responsibility and the consequences will be directly pointed at GoM.

Kuknalim!

The above press release was sent to KanaglaOnline.com by Shimray Alem {shimrayalem[at]yahoo.com}

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