Joint Tribes Council calls upon CM for immediate intervention on Tamenglong-Jiribam border issue

Settlements of different communities which were not recorded in the census of Tamenglong district have been sighted in contrary to the provisions of Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act, the Joint Tribes Council stated.


Joint Tribes Council Manipur in a statement urged  chief minister N Biren Singh to immediately intervene on Tamenglong and Jiribam border issue to avert untoward confrontations among different communities and restore peace in the area.

The statement signed by Joint Tribes Council Manipur president Ramkung and its secretary, Aku Newme stated that there have been incidents of confrontations among the different communities at the border of Tamenglong-Jiribam districts due to encroachments of Tamenglong district by the people from outside the district.

Settlements of different communities which were not recorded in the census of Tamenglong district have been sighted in contrary to the provisions of Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act, the statement added.

The joint tribes’ council demanded Tribal Freedom Fighter Museum, which is proposed to be constructed in Manipur, to be constructed in the name of Padma Shree Freedom Fighter Rani Gaidinliu at her birth place Longkao village, Tousem sub-division, Tamenglong district.

The statement stated that Longkao village is a well-connected village with National Highway-37 running through the village while Oinamlong railway station is just 8 km and Kumbigram airport is just 32 km away.

Moreover, Rani Gaidinliu is the only woman tribal freedom fighter of Manipur who is a well-known personality that has been acknowledged by the government of Manipur. Her tomb and the house where she breathed her last are still preserved by the villages, it added.

While demanding the chief minister to bring back a CJM Court Tamenglong and start functioning in the newly constructed buildings at Tamenglong headquarters, the tribe council said that proper law and order and proceeding of justice could not be maintained in Tamenglong district as the CJM Court has been shifted to Imphal.

The statement also maintained that Tousem had been declared as a sub-division decades ago however, it remained the only sub-division in the state where government officials did not turn up for official duties and left unattended.

The joint tribes council also urged the chief minister to sanction some amount for construction of a secretariat building at Tamenglong headquarters. 

First Published:Jan. 31, 2021, 11:45 p.m.

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