Mangkang villagers claim naming of Holenphai Police Station as fictitiousIMPHAL | Dec 6
Mangkang villagers urged the state government to name Holenphai Police Station as Mangkang Police Outpost and claimed that the police station is situated in the disputed land of Mangkang (Moyon) village of Chandel district.
Addressing media persons in a press meet held at Manipur Press Club, chairman of Mangkang Village Authority, N. Laban said that the residents belonging to Moyon tribe are the original settlers of Mangkang village and have inhabited in the said land since time immemorial. It was recognised by the darbar in Civil Case No. 48 in the court of president, Manipur State Darbar dated July 23, 1928 and further it was also recognised by government of Manipur as appeared in Sl. No. 59 of Manipur Gazette, dated February 5, 1962, he added.
He continued that it was also passed by the sub-division officer, Tengnoupal in Cril. Misc. Case No.7 of 1979 thereby confirming that Mangkang and Minou, who are Moyon and Aimol tribes are the owners of the said land in dispute. The said land is still pending in a lawsuit being original suit no. 2 of 2018 before the civil judge, Senior Division, Chandel, he added.
“Since the inception of the village, the inhabitants have been regularly paying Hill House Tax under the Manipur Hill Areas Act 1966 and have been covered under various development schemes initiated by the central and state government such as Jawahar Rozgar Yojna, NREGS, Government Primary School, Anganwadi Centre and others since many years till date. The residents had been privileged to exercise their voting franchise during the Autonomous District Council, Chandel election under our village’s name is Mangkang for many years until it was renamed as Shibong Khudengthabi for administration convenient or best known to the state government,” said Laban.
“Normal life and existence was badly disturbed with the outbreak of ethnic crisis in the year of 1991-92 between Nagas and Kukis which resulted in the destruction of houses of the whole village. Consequent upon dreadful fear of our lives, we had been coercing to leave for our temporary settlement in and around Chandel Block,” he added.
He continued that, “During an unfortunate exodus, it has been learned that some group of unscrupulous individuals with interest have occupied and encroached our villages and renamed it as Haolenphai village illegally and there has been a proposal of the said village land for developing international border township. But, Mangkang villagers did not confer any rights or title to dispose or sale of the land to anybody including self-claimed the chief of Holenphai village, namely, Lalkholen Haokip.”
“It is appreciated and supported by the villagers of Mangkang villagers in the cabinet decision about the police outpost along Indo-Myanmar border in the disputed land if the same is named as Mangkang Police Outpost,” he said while adding that the land of Moyon tribe belongs to the villagers and not to the chief as he has no saleable right of the land of Mangkang village.
Possession and occupation by the Moyon Community as inhabitants of Mangkang village is proven by many government records of Manipur Gazette, dated February 5, 1962 and Holenphai Village is not a recognised village in the Manipur Gazette, he added.
The chairman of Mangkang Village Authority has urged the state government to take necessary action through cabinet decision in keeping the police outpost in the Indo-Myanmar border to prevail justice for the rightful ownership.
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