The Committee on Protection and Preservation of Mt Koubru (COPPK), Sadar Hills Chiefs' Association (SAHILCA) and civil bodies in Kangpokpi district held a joint meeting on Monday at Saitu Kangpokpi District and deliberated on various issues related to Mt Koubru.
General secretary COPPK Lamtinthang Haokip said that to avoid communal misunderstanding the meeting decided to make another clarification that there are no restrictions on pilgrims or worshippers to climb Mt Koubru for religious purposes.
Even after this clarification, if false allegations which can ignite communal tension continue, it will be considered as cultivating and disseminating the ideas of communal feud among the various communities in the state and the authorities concerned will be solely held responsible for any untoward incidents arising out of it, he asserted.
He recalled that the COPPK, SAHILCA and the civil bodies with the state Police department in the presence of two ADGP, SP Kangpokpi, the two addl SPs of the district, Forest department officials, etc. had a 'Gentlemen's Agreement' on April 14 wherein both parties agreed to remain silent on the matter and any Mt Koubru related issue shall be ceased till the issue of Mt Koubru is discussed with the chief minister and amicably resolved.
However, Haokip pointed out that had the government honoured the agreement and initiated early talks, the issue could have been resolved by now.
Meanwhile, the COPPK stated that it along with representatives from SAHILCA and Kangpokpi civil bodies will attend a ministerial level meeting on Tuesday at the invitation of the government but it did not disclose on what issue exactly the meeting has been convened.
The meeting was also attended by Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi district, Thadou Inpi general headquarters, Thadou Inpi Sadar Hills Kangpokpi district, Vaiphei People's Council Kangpokpi, Gangte Inpi Kangpokpi district, KWU Sadar Hills, KSO Sadar Hills, TSA Sadar Hills, Gangte Students' Organization Kangpokpi District, Zillai Kangpokpi district, KomRem Students' Organisation, etc.