KSO apprises Union Home minister to halt construction activities by NSCN-IM
KANGPOKPI | Aug 30 : Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) has apprised the Union minister of State, ministry of Home Affairs, government of India in connection with the alleged on-going construction activities at Chassad village land and sought immediate intervention of the government to halt the said construction work immediately.
The apex student body of the Kukis had submitted a memorandum to the Union minister, Kiren Rijiju today demanding immediate intervention of the government to halt the ongoing construction activities of NSCN-IM in Chassad village land wherein the outfit has illegally and forcibly started construction of houses.
The memorandum submitted was signed by president of KSO General Headquarters, Paotinthang Lupheng and its general secretary, Thanglalson Baite, and a copy was also sent to the chief minister and interlocutor of Indo-Naga Peace Talks, RN Ravi, alleging NSCN-IM for encroach of Chassad Kuki’s land and forcibly building houses despite strong opposition put up by the Chassad Kuki villagers.
It said that the land in question belongs to Chassad village for the past many generations and the unquestionable rights of Chassad village over the land have been proven in courts of law many times before. It further alleged that NSCN-IM have become emboldened to indulge in such act of aggression on Kuki villagers with the prospect of finalisation of the Framework Agreement and this is one of the reasons why the Kukis have viewed the Framework Agreement with suspicion and fear adding that the agreement has become a tool for NSCN-IM to initiate policy of subjugation against any adversary.
It also said that the recent act of aggression on defenceless Kuki villagers has been conveyed to the state government by the Kuki chiefs of the area and KSO successively; however no visible action has been taken by the state government to stop the construction activities.
It further said that the use of force and intimidation by the NSCN-IM has rendered the Kuki villagers as silent spectators while the NSCN-IM cadres in a show of bravado sometimes detained Kuki villagers and subjected them to harsh interrogations.
It also alleged that the NSCN-IM have also summoned the Kuki chiefs and forced them to append their signatures in blank sheets of paper while the threatening acts have brought fear and apprehension among the local villagers who have become afraid to approach the police and court while adding that the prevailing situation and sense of insecurity is not conducive for peace and harmony. In fact, many people have started to feel the same sense of fear and trepidation that existed at the start of the 90’s ethnic conflict, it added.
The student body wants the government to immediately intervene in the issue of Chassad village while stating that tights of the Chassad villagers over the particular land ought to be upheld because the issue has the potential to escalate into something bad or worst and the government could be held totally responsible for not taking the right action at the right time.
The government needs to ascertain to whom the land belongs and take necessary measure to solve the matter adding that if the government fails to intervene and settle the matter to the satisfaction of Chassad Kuki village, the student body will be compelled to take up its own course of action, said KSO.
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