Jessami-Meluri impasse

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IMPHAL, April 30: Talks were held on Monday between authorities of Phek district of Nagaland and Ukhrul district of Manipur to bring a long lasting solution to the frequent clash and tensions erupted between the villagers of Jessami and Meluri.

The talks, which began at 10 am, were held at Matikhru village in Phek district where ADC, Meluri, village chairman, Citichu and secretary represented the Nagaland side, and Dhananjoy, ADC, Jessami, SDPO, Officer-in-charge, Jessami, M Joel, chairman, Jessami Village Council and Akhwe, secretary, Jessami Village Council represented on the Manipur side.

The two sides agreed that noboey would be allowed to enter the village of Kadzumbudah with deadly weapons to work there. The meeting also decided to hold another round of meeting between Tangkhul Naga Long and Potchuri People’s Forum on May 3 on the strained relations of the two border villages.

At the same time, the Jessami Village Council also submitted a report on the damages caused by Meluri villagers yesterday to the police during the meeting.

As of now, the border is relatively calm after the meeting, M Joel, chairman, Jessami Village Council said.

Notably, prior to the Monday’s talks, 144 CRPC had been imposed in and around Tebumomelu village of Jesami since April 21 following unrelenting tense situation in the villages of Jessami and Meluri.

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