LNC has advised other groups to refrain from giving provocative statements or raise communal tones in public domain and stop making unfounded and baseless claims over the Koubru Mountain range.
IFP Editorial: Now that the chief minister himself is taking the lead in rejuvenation of forest cover in the Koubru range, the Forest department should start thinking in terms of replicating the Spring Water and Forest Conservation project in a larger perspective, with Koubru and other mountain ranges in mind.
Trekking of Mt Koubru at this juncture has also become risky while COVID-19 positive cases among the trekkers had also been already detected, COPPK secretary Lamtinthang Haokip said.
Hundreds of trekkers on a daily basis had climbed Mt Koubru since April 21 completely flouting the covid SOPs and guidelines.
On Wednesday, more than 300 persons have come down from Mt Koubru till late afternoon while many more were yet to scale down the peak.
ATSUM appealed to all the ethnic communities of Manipur to refrain from using provocative statements over Mt Koubru.
MPCC president Govindas Konthoujam claimed that there had been no conflicts or issues between different communities over Mt Koubru during the Congress government.
The Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) clarified that no temples were burnt or desecrated as misinterpreted by some people
Concerned parties agreed not to raise issues till talks with the chief minister on Mt Koubru.
Village chiefs, womenfolk, youths, SAHILCA leaders and various civil body leaders were seen confronting security personnel at L Mangjol village and stopped them from entering Mt Koubru area.
IFP Editorial: Terms like ‘ancestral land’ and of the valley people encroaching upon ‘tribal land’ have severally been quoted to press home politically induced narratives and demands as against the narrative of a shared historical experience among different communities.
The chiefs and villages inhabiting the Mt. Koubru range have been surviving through thick and thin, and have strong emotional and physical attachment all throughout the ages, a joint statement stated.