Tahamzam Aug 10: The United Naga Council has stated that the Naga people in the state of Manipur will not associate in observing Independence Day organized by the district administrations under the aegis of the Government of Manipur (GoM).
“To take forward the demand, after the completion of the 10 days ban on construction works on all National Projects at 6 am of August 11, it has been decided that the Naga people in present state of Manipur will not associate with the observation of the Independence Day organized by the district administrations under the aegis of the GoM,” a statement from the UNC’s Publicity Wing informed and added, “However there will be no restriction on observing of the Independence Day in the respective institutions/organizational jurisdictions.”
Stating that democratic civil actions have been taken up by the Naga people to demand immediate intervention from the Government of India (GoI) with an alternative arrangement outside the GoM, pending settlement of the Indo-Naga issue as the militarization of Naga areas continues, particularly in Ukhrul by the GoM, UNC further alleged that state government has also launched an aggressive back door policy to usurp the land of the tribals through the New Land Use Policy of Manipur (2014), introduction of Village Development Committees, New Land Acquisition Bill and appointment of Revenue Tribunals. It also alleged that Chief Minister Ibobi has been maintaining that there are no Nagas nor does any land belong to the Nagas in Manipur.
The UNC statement informed that all Tribe Hohos, Naga Frontal and Regional organizations will ensure that the boycott is observed effectively in their respective jurisdictions.