Dimapur, August 29 :
The All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) on Saturday said to have decided not to allow bifurcation of even “an inch” of the Naga areas under any circumstances for creation of any new district in Manipur.
The ANSM’s presidential council meeting was held on August 22 in Ukhrul district and “resolved to reaffirm its (ANSAM) stand that not an inch of Naga area would be bifurcated away with under any circumstances for creation of any new district in Manipur.” “To avoid any controversy and unrest in the so called state of Manipur, such a demand should be made to rest by the communal government by understanding the stand and the sentiments of the Nagas that it would impinge on the ancestral land of the Nagas,” the ANSAM stated in a press release appended by the organization’s president J Kumo Sha.
The meeting also reaffirmed that the demand for creation of Sadar Hills and Jiribam districts “should be consensus to all the ethnic affinities and communities in Sadar Hills and Jiribam and should be honourable to the Naga people.”
The ANSM has “decided to advice” and remind the government of Manipur to honour the MoUs signed between the government of Manipur and the Nagas, with ANSAM in 1981, with NSF in 1992, with ANSAM and UNC in 1996 and with UNC, ANSAM and other Naga frontal organisations in 1998. “The decision of the incumbent government to demarcate the existing boundary before declaring Sadar Hills
District as a full fledged district may be welcomed but not by means of demarcating any Naga area (s) to creation of any new district(s). The state Cabinet’s decision to constitute a committee on reorganisation of administration and police district boundary to streamline administration of the state is not welcome by the Nagas as Nagas are the people in the world who knows best of their ancestral land and boundaries and hence need no history or government to tell the Nagas of their land and boundaries,” the organization stated.
The organization also expressed shock “to see the prejudice trained state forces that have become a watchdog in Sadar Hills area with arms folded watching the imbroglio and enjoying the warmth of burning trucks in this year’s rainy weather.”
The ANSAM questioned the bias of the ‘communal government of Manipur’ for imposing 144 CrPC in NH 53 Tamenglong area after a bandh was called by UNC. “This kind of governance is a sign of communal and inefficient government, who masterminded all the unrest and propagated law and order situation in the State. The association vision no rest in the state and hence appeal to all non-Naga organisations and general public to blame the communal government of Manipur for the deadlock in the state of Manipur,” the ANSAM stated.
The association also appealed to the “communal government of Manipur” to immediately withdraw the 144 CrPC in the NH-53 Tamenglong areas. “Failing of which the association with take its own course of action and government will be held responsible for any untoward accident,” the ANSAM added.