Government must respect rights, privileges of tribal people: KNF-N

The continuous attempt to seize and occupy tribal lands illegally will eventually bring unprecedented animosity and communal contentions between the hill and the valley, the KNF-N said..


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The non-SoO Kuki militant outfit, the Kuki National Front (Nehlun) has urged the state government to respect the rights and privileges of the tribal people and immediately stop its reported plan to declare some portions of Kangpokpi district as Imphal West revenue district allegedly without the consent of the people.

The outfit information and publicity secretary Gou alias Kuki stated that any plan or attempt to encroach upon the tribal land illegally and forcefully will be a complete violation of the rights and privileges given to the tribal under Article 371C of the Indian Constitution and also Manipur Village Authorities Act, 1956.

He stated that any Act of the state government under the leadership of N Biren Singh favouring a particular community while compromising the tribal lands will not be tolerated at any cost. 

Therefore, the state government must respect the rights and privileges of the tribal populace and avoid any intention of illegally seizing and occupying the tribal land, asserted the militant outfit. It added that the continuous attempt to seize and occupy the tribal lands illegally will eventually bring unprecedented animosity and communal contentions between the hill and the valley.

It also stated that the Asian Highway expansion along the National Highway-2 under Kangpokpi district shall be executed by respecting the rightful landowner's rights, while fair and justice compensation must be provided to all the affected victims.

KNF-N also urged the state government to abstain from the ill intention of imposing revenue acts in the hill areas which can breach peace and tranquillity among different communities in the state.

It also warned the state government that the organisation will not remain a mere spectator upon infringement of tribal rights.

First Published:Aug. 4, 2021, 2:35 p.m.

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