Liangmai Naga Council (LNC) Manipur on Thursday claimed that the Liangmei Naga Community is the rightful owner of Koubru Mountain range.
LNC has advised other groups to refrain from giving provocative statements or raise communal tones in public domain and stop making unfounded and baseless claims over the Koubru Mountain range.
LNC also claimed that the purpose of declaring Koubru hills as Kanglatombi- Kangpokpi Reserved Forest by the Forest department in 1968 has been totally defeated as the department failed to protect and preserve the forest.
A release issued by the council on Thursday stated that it will fight for its ownership rights till the last man standing. One cannot claim indigenous status and landownership title overnight by erecting stones, putting signboards and distorting time honoured history of forefathers, it stated.
The recent exclusive yet unfounded and baseless claims over Mt Koubru by other civil bodies were unfortunate and reprehensible as the misleading statement in public domain is detrimental to peace and harmony in the region, it added.
It stated that such a statement cannot befuddled the fact that the Liangmai Naga community is the rightful owner of Koubru Mountain Range and their settlement dates back to thousands years.
LNC claims that the rich history, culture and legends of the Liangmai Naga community speak volumes about the deeply rooted connection with Koubo-ra (lord of Koubru) as their forefathers revered Koubo-ra as a high priest. Koubru Mountain range therefore, remains sacrosanct to the Liangmai indigenous people, it stated. The stated fact is unquestionable and cannot be challenged by any external force or power, it added.