Locals of Manipur Ukhrul, Kamjong protested against the Assam Rifles on 12th sep
Locals of Manipur Ukhrul, Kamjong protested against the Assam Rifles
Imphal: Residents of nine villages along the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur’s Ukhrul and Kamjong protested districts staged a dharna on Monday, September 12, against the Assam Rifles setting up a forced camp.
The local people of Kangpat Khullen, Chatric, Ramphoi, Lamlang, New Tusom, Kasom, Mapum, Kasom Khullen and Poi protested in their respective villages against the Assam Rifles for occupying their land and setting up camps without prior permission.
The protest was organized by Tungkhol Higher Institutions such as Tungkhol Naga Lung (TNL), Tungkhol Naga Wungnao Long (TNWL), Tungkhol Shanau Long (TSL), Katamnao Saklong (TKS), Tungkhol Mayar Nigla Long (TMNL) and other four higher bodies.
An apex body of the Tangkhul Headmen’s Association, SA Ramangning, alleged that under the pretext of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) 1958, the government has deployed security forces, including the Assam Rifles, in several villages in the hills. He claimed that the Act and the presence of security forces have created a state of fear among the local people, especially women.
Ramning added that the land in the hilly villages of Manipur is owned by the local people. Similarly, according to our customary law, the land tenure system in Nagaabad region in Manipur is very complex and different from the rest of India.