The Committee on Protection and Preservation of the Historical Rights of Koubru and Thangjing Hill Ranges has issued an ultimatum to the state government demanding the removal of a Cross erected at the sacred site of Mount Thangjing.
The committee expressed its deep concern and ire over the erection of the Cross at this revered location.
The controversy stems from an agreement made in the past, where the Kuki Students' Organisation (KSO), Henglep, had previously placed restrictions on entry to Mount Thangjing, as outlined in their release dated May 20, 2022.
In response, the committee imposed counter-restrictions on entry at Moirang Bazar on May 21, 2022.
However, a subsequent meeting between the committee and KSO, Henglep, chaired by the then DGP resolved to lift all restrictions and unanimously agreed that any party violating this agreement in the future would be held accountable.
Recently, a video footage dated September 11 emerged revealing the presence of a cross at the sacred Mount Thangjing site, which is viewed as a clear breach of the agreement reached earlier.
Y Shyam Kuman, the general secretary of the committee, while speaking to the media at Manipur Press Club, Imphal, emphasised that the ongoing unrest and violation of the agreement should be attributed to KSO, Henglep, as they were the first to break the terms of the accord.
He further cautioned of a potential large-scale public movement if the cross is not removed within five days.
The general secretary also announced that a legal suit and an FIR will be filed against KSO, Henglep for their role in breaking the agreement.
Both KSO, Henglep and the state government should hold responsible for any untoward incidents that may occur during the course of this movement, he cautioned.