In a major development, the state DGP Paotinlal Doungel was successful in averting a communal crisis by resolving the Thangjing Hills controversy through negotiations with the major stakeholders on Monday.
As a result of intense negotiations, the Committee on Protection and Preservation of Historical Rights of Koubru and Thangjing Hill Range (CPPKT) and Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Henglep Block and Churachandpur have revoked their statements on Thangjing Hill range issued on May 20 and May 5 respectively.
The CPPKT and KSO decided to withdraw their controversial statements after clearing all the misunderstandings during a meeting chaired by DGP, Manipur P Doungel at his office on Monday.
On May 5, the KSO, Henglep Block had issued a statement restricting entry of “outsiders” at the Thangjing Hill range without taking permission from the concerned Village Chief. Countering the statement, the CPPKT on May 20 had imposed restrictions on the locals of Thangjing hills from entering the valley area.
In a release issued by the PRO of Manipur Police in connection with the meeting, it had appealed to the general public to desist from making unnecessary comments on social media or any other platform on the issue in the interest of peace and harmony.
Meanwhile, convenor of CPPKT Sapamcha Jadumani while speaking to the media in Imphal said, all the people can now freely visit the Thangjing hill range as all the misunderstandings between the KSO and CPPKT had been resolved.
Imposing restrictions on the historical place linked with the emotion of people of Manipur by any group is not acceptable, he said, adding, “CPPKT will not compromise on any imposing of such restrictions.”
The convener appealed to all sections of the people to not try to wrongly interpret the history of the state by interfering with the activities that have been taken up since the last 2000 plus years by the forefathers.