Kaina Laiphamlen set to become a battlefield
Argument arises over restriction on group of pilgrims from entering site
THOUBAL| May 18
The site of Kaina Laiphamlen considered to be amongst the one of holiest sites of people belonging to the Hindu faith has almost become a battlefield with issues arising between two organisations, namely Pangabam Sagei Seva Committee (PSSC) and Kaina Development and Protection Organisation (KDPO).
And, there is no guarantee that untoward incidents will not occur in the future if the government does not bring a solution to the issues at the earliest.
In what might be considered as a result of the unresolved issue, pilgrims who came to offer homage on the occasion of Budha Purnima were restricted entry along with both sides entering into an argument over the incident.
According to reports from the site of the incident, the group which came to pay homage on the occasion of Budha Purnima were members of PSSC while those who banned their entry belonged to KDPO.
While members of PSSC asserted that entry and performances of religious rites have been allowed under orders from the Manipur High Court, KDPO replied that since there was a public resolution to restrict the entry of any individual(s) before any final resolution on the issue is made, the pilgrims were forbidden entry.
Assistant secretary of PSSC, Pangambam Menjor claimed that from times immemorial, the Pangambam clan had been taking care of religious duties at the site of Kaina Laiphamlen. “After services performed by generations of the clan, PSSC was formed as a registered society to take further care of religious duties,” he said while adding that after its registration, KDPO registered a case at the Manipur High Court that the Seva Committee must be joined with the organisation. He also stated that due to the pending case in the High Court over the issue, PSSC had remained silent over the restrictions on the entry to Kaina Laiphamlen for some time.
“However, on May 16, acting chairperson of Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC), Khaidem Mani had arrived at decision that there should be no restriction on performance of religious rites at the Site,” Pangambam Menjor continued while adding that the restrictions imposed on the pilgrims today was rather unfortunate. While mentioning that the Seva Committee had already forwarded a written statement to the CM of Manipur asking for security arrangements to prevent such incidents from happening, he also offered his apologies to the members of the group for the inconveniences faced. He further reiterated the appeal to the state government to resolve the issue at the earliest.
In the meantime, active member of KDPC, Konthoujam Bimolchand stated that following a public resolution taken by the locals, entry to Kaina Laiphamlen had been restricted indefinitely until orders from the High Court are received and the memorial fort built in the name of an ancestor of the Pangambam Clan is removed from the site.“ Since the case is still pending, the group were restricted entry to the site today,” he said while adding that until
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